“I am really regretful that my mom put them out there”
Francis Bean Cobain has said she will never read her father’s journals at the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the late Nirvana frontman in Ireland.
The Museum of Style Icons in Co. Kildare opened a new exhibition (July 17) called ‘Growing Up Kurt Cobain’ which features dozens of Cobain’s personal possessions including photographs, sketches and items of clothing. The exhibition was opened by Frances together with Kurt’s mother, Wendy, and his sister Kim, both of whom helped to curate the show.
Speaking about his possessions, Frances said she will never read her father’s journals and that she “regretted” her mother’s decision to publish them in 2002.
“I don’t look through his journals,” Frances told Independent.ie before adding, “it feels too intimate.”
“I am really regretful that my mom [Courtney Love] put them out there. I know it was her way of trying to contribute his personal thoughts and I know that people really want to know that.”
“I can’t imagine being dead and having people know my intimate thoughts. What an invasion of privacy, I don’t think it is merited especially since in his art he decided not to put out that thinking. It is a different thing to get to know him through this art, a deliberate public extension of himself.”
Frances continued: “As an artist you sign an unspoken contract putting your art into the custody of everybody else. That’s the deal with being an artist. I really enjoy his art but I find it is a lot harder to connect to his private journals.”
“It feels like an invasion of privacy to me. And I don’t know if he would have wanted people reading all those personal, deep, dark thoughts.”
The only child of Cobain and Love, Frances was just twenty-months old when her father committed suicide in 1994 at the peak of Nirvana’s fame, aged just 27. Back in May, she teased the release of her own new music with a debut single.
Earlier this year, the star also posted on Instagram about overcoming her own battles with addiction on her “second sober birthday.”
Frances was also critical of a documentary about her late father’s life, Kurt Cobain: Montague of Heck.
“That movie ended up being not what I wanted it to be…the first half of the movie is really beautiful; the second half, we all ended up hating Kurt. We were all like, ‘You whiny little b***h. What is wrong with you?’ That wasn’t reflective of what we were trying to convey.”
Speaking about her involvement, Frances Bean said she was sorry she wasn’t able to be more involved at a time when she was battling addiction.
“I regret not being in a headspace to be more involved. I was on a lot of drugs. I was not present. I was not capable of having authentic input.”
Whilst Frances said she had no memories of her father, said did say that she was glad the world will be able to see her father through the eyes of both her mother and aunt.
“I have always been the most intimately informed of who my father was by my grandmother and aunts. I am so ecstatic that their view of who Kurt was gets to be celebrated with Nirvana fans the world over.”
The exhibition, Growing Up Kurt Cobain is open now and runs until 30 September