”This is stupid,” Courtney Love told People magazine outside the courtroom before a recent custody hearing over her daughter. ”I’m not on narcotics. I’m fine. I just want my daughter back.” Since Oct. 10 – a week after the day that saw her allegedly try to break into a house, get arrested on drug charges, and overdose on prescription drugs – Love’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain has been living with her paternal grandmother, Wendy O’Connor. The battle between Love and O’Connor has grown so bitter that it’s come to blows, both Love and her stepfather have said.
The former Hole frontwoman told the ”New York Daily News” last week that her daughter was safe and asleep at home with a nanny during the wee hours of Oct. 2, when she allegedly smashed the windows of sometime boyfriend/manager Jim Barber’s home (a home she’s said on her website that Barber leases from her). Later that morning, after she was booked and released on $2,500 bail, Love took as many as 20 milligrams of OxyContin ”to be knocked out,” People quotes her as saying.
She called 911, and while she waited for the ambulance, Love said, Frances and a nanny kept her company, with the 11-year-old brewing her mother some green tea. ”That’s the only time my daughter has ever, ever, ever pitched in on one of my little crises,” Love told People. ”I made it fun. I said it was going to be gross and I was going to have to make myself throw up, but it was going to be okay.” Frances said at the time she was ”scared but knew her mother would be okay after they pumped her stomach,” according to an L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services report obtained by People.
On Oct. 21, the court awarded O’Connor temporary custody, but ruled that Frances could move back into her Beverly Hills home – if Love moved out. Frances would live there with a nanny, and while Love would be allowed to visit regularly, the girl will be monitored by an aunt and Love’s stepfather, Frank Rodriguez. Rodriguez told People: ”Courtney had words with Wendy. It escalated. There were slaps.” O’Connor, mother of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who killed himself in 1994, has not commented to the Daily News or to People on the alleged altercation.