Frances Bean Cobain was less than two years old when her father Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. At age 22, the visual artist is finally speaking out about her father’s death and life as the daughter of an icon she never got to know.
“Even though Kurt died in the most horrific way possible, there is this mythology and romanticism that surrounds him, because he’s 27 forever,” Cobain says to Rolling Stone. “The shelf life of an artist or musician isn’t particularly long. Kurt has gotten to icon status because he will never age.”
The interview comes ahead of the documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” which she executive produced with writer and director Brett Morgen. It hits theaters on April 10.
Cobain goes on to talk bout the aesthetic she wanted to achieve with the documentary and what life has been like as the Nirvana lead singer’s daughter. The 22-year old touches multiple times on how people romanticize the fact that her father committed suicide simply because he was famous when he did it.
“Our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible . . . but he wasn’t,” she explains. “He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive.”
She’s also articulate about the affect fame had on her father when he was alive and how it triggered Cobain taking his own life.
“Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him,” she says. “I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him.”
While many of his fans like to imagine how music would be different if the Cobain hadn’t committed suicide, his daughter somberly points out that for her it would mean getting to grow up with a father.
“In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience,” she says.