Why Frances Bean Cobain got a restraining order against Courtney Love

Frances Bean Cobain, by name and birthright, is the royal princess of the kingdom of flanel. She's the daughter of Kurt Cobain, legendary frontman of Nirvana, and Courtney Love, the multimedia proto late-stage Randy Quaid of the nineties. After Kurt's death in April of 1994, Frances was raised by a single mother, a difficult situation in any circumstances, complicated further by the mammoth amounts of money and personality involved. On top of that, Courtney Love is famously complicated — she described herself in a Vanity Fair piece as "such a vulgarian and kookoo bird." On the one hand, her album Living Through This has been called one of the most influential of the nineties, and her performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt earned her a Golden Globe nomination. On the other, she once attacked a reporter with Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction Oscar for alleging that she shot heroin while pregnant.

That brand of shenanigan led to a number of problems. People reported that Love had lost custody of Frances twice already when her 17 year old daughter filed for a restraining order in 2009.

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The reasons for the restraining order were sealed at the time, as Frances was a minor and there were allegations of domestic violence involved. Not that any of that stopped tabloids from running stories. The Daily Mail, for instance, claimed that Frances took exception to Love's alleged ongoing drug use, citing testimony from Frances which stated that Love "has taken drugs for as long as I can remember. She basically exists now on...Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes. She rarely eats... She often falls asleep in her bed while she is smoking, and I am constantly worried that she will start a fire (which she has done at least three times) that will threaten our lives." Furthermore, it was claimed that Love's actions had led to the deaths of two family pets: a cat that became tangled in stuff from around the house, and a dog who got into a pile of pills.

A more confirmed factor, reported by Vanity Fair, was Love's preoccupation with what she called "the fraud," an alleged conspiracy that Love was loudly obsessed with for years. According to Love, some $250 million had been swindled from her late husband's estate, and she was hellbent on getting to the bottom of the case. A culprit has yet to be taken into custody.