A major milestone. Frances Bean Cobain — the only daughter of Courtney Love and the late rocker Kurt Cobain — took to Instagram on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to celebrate her second sober birthday. The 25-year-old’s post marks the first time she has ever publicly acknowledged an issue with substance abuse.
“I thought I would start this post by using a pure moment in Oahu amongst nature, with my love,” she began her lengthy post, accompanied by a Boomerang selfie featuring beautiful views of green mountains and blue skies. “This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday.”
She added, “It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum. The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing.” To see more of her message, watch the video above!
As fans of Frances’ famous parents are well aware, addiction runs in the family. Her father, Kurt — who died at the age of 27 in April 1994 after committing suicide — was vocal about his struggles with heroin, while Frances’ mom, Courtney, 53, admitted in a 2011 interview with The Fix that she also found it difficult to remain sober after trying heroin for the first time at 16 years old.
Frances and her mom, Courtney.
However, Courtney told the outlet that being pregnant with Frances helped curb her cravings for drugs — momentarily, at least. “I used heroin in the first three weeks of my pregnancy—but so fucking what!? I didn’t even know I was pregnant at the time! I also took a few puffs on a cigarette when my belly was out to here, but most of those nine months, I walked around with nicotine patches all over my body,” she explained. “When you have a baby inside you, you’re not going to do drugs or something stupid.”
Check out Frances’ full Instagram post here.