Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of iconic rock musicians Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has become an influential presence since her birth. Now an heiress to their musical legacy as well as an established artist, musician, and model.
Who is Frances Bean Cobain?
Born in 1992 in Los Angeles, Frances is the union of two of the ’90s most rebellious and iconic musicians. Interestingly, her names have deep-rooted inspirations: Frances is named after Vaselines guitarist Frances McKee and ‘Bean’ due to her resemblance to a kidney bean on the ultrasound.
What controversies surrounded her early life?
Before her birth, controversy stirred after allegations emerged of Courtney Love using heroin during her pregnancy. Following a Vanity Fair interview in which Love discussed her drug use, child welfare services launched an investigation, resulting in Frances being taken from her parents shortly after birth. However, she was eventually returned to them.
How did Frances kick-start her career?
Frances first found success as a model. She graced renowned magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar with her grace.
2006 was particularly notable as she modeled for “Elle” wearing her father’s wedding pajamas. Apart from modeling, Frances made waves in the art community. In 2010, under the pseudonym “Fiddle Tim”, she released a collection of artwork. Not limiting herself to a single field, she later produced the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Cobain: Montage of Heck”, in 2015.
What is Frances’ connection to Nirvana’s finances?
Frances controls 100% of her father’s publicity rights. At 18, she inherited 37% of Kurt’s estate. However, her net worth came under scrutiny during her divorce. Legal documents revealed that she had inherited $11.2 million from the Nirvana estate up to that point, with much more expected when she turns 30. She reportedly earns over $100,000 per month from her father’s estate, a combination of royalties, publishing rights, and investment dividends.
Has Frances ventured into acting?
Although Frances had the opportunity to star in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, she chose to focus on her education at Bard College, demonstrating a commitment to her personal growth.
What about her personal life?
Frances’ personal life, much like her early years, has been marked by its share of challenges and landmarks. Courtney Love has always been there for her daughter, yet the sudden passing of her father at such an early age has altered how they interact.
In her love life, she married musician Isaiah Silva in 2014, a union that ended in a notable divorce in 2017, during which the ownership of one of Kurt’s iconic guitars was contested. More recently, in 2023, Frances tied the knot with Riley Hawk, son of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, with the ceremony officiated by her godfather, Michael Stipe.
Has Frances made significant real estate investments?
Indeed, she has. Frances has demonstrated an avid interest in real estate investment. She purchased a 3,357 square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.825 million in 2011 and later sold it for $2.4 million three years later in 2018. In January 2021, Frances purchased another Hollywood Hills property for $2 million that she later sold off again for a profit in 2022 for an even higher sale price: $2.3 million.
What lies ahead for Frances Bean Cobain?
As the heir to a considerable fortune and with a burgeoning career in multiple fields, the future holds many promises for Frances. With her resilience, creativity, and the legacy of her parents behind her, there’s much anticipation for what Frances Bean Cobain will do next.