There’s a certain type of public figure that we all follow on Twitter for the sheer reason of revelling in their often-provocative thoughts – they may be divisive, controversial or inflammatory, but, boy, do they sure brighten up your timeline.
Courtney Love has a chequered past when it comes to social media, making her account an almost-essential follow for the sheer unpredictability of her Twitter policy. It’s reached the point in recent years where the Hole frontwoman has even ended up in court for defamation on account of something she tweeted (“I was fucking devestated [sic] when [her lawyer Rhonda Holmes] was bought off”) – a case that she successfully won against Holmes in 2014, a verdict that was upheld yesterday after the lawyer appealed the decision.
When she’s not in court (Love also ended up settling with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir in 2014 for $350,000 after the former accused the latter of being an abusive drug dealer, thief and prostitute), Love is often tweeting some absolute gold – here are just some of her best Twitter moments.
When she let Lana Del Rey in on a little heart-shaped secret
In a series of now-deleted tweets to the ‘Video Games’ singer in 2012, Courtney took umbrage with Del Rey covering Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’. Her response was to let Lana in on a little lyrical secret.
— Anahid Dahl (@nhdmnsrrt) July 30, 2012
Fortunately this didn’t end up in a full-on spat that might have landed Love in court (again), as the pair made up soon after that. They’re now BFFs – Love has since supported Lana on a number of her shows.
Sharing memories of Kurt
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) August 20, 2015
Love has shared memories of her late husband on many occasion, with this particularly poignant entry coming last August.
And expressing admiration for daughter Frances
I'm so blessed to be the mother of the world's most incredible daughter. Kurt this is thinking… https://t.co/WQMWfGDbEw
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) January 6, 2016
They’ve had a tumultuous relationship in the past, but Love and her daughter Frances are currently on great terms – as this tweet from last month more than demonstrates.
Giving props to Biebs
You're cool in my book @justinbieber xc
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) November 23, 2015
When Bieber was pictured wearing a Nirvana T-shirt late last year, there was uproar – a bloody riot was on the verge of occurring when Courtney stepped in with this cool tweet, subsequently defusing all the tension. Calm down, everybody, it’s only a T-shirt.
Live-tweeting the time that her Uber was attacked by protestors in Paris
they've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
A strange episode transpired last July when Courtney found herself being “held hostage” during an Uber ride in Paris – the car that she was in was caught up in an anti-Uber protest in the French capital, prompting Love to live-tweet the whole experience, even calling out President Francois Hollande at one point. They even made her late for a meeting with Kanye as well – bastards.
When she was just making a fucking omelette
relax, I was just making a fucking omelette. have to feed the trolls something after all ?… https://t.co/28ATFzo7MS
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) July 9, 2015
Internet trolling is a terrible thing, so why not stick two fingers up to the online detractors by telling them that you’re going to make a fucking omelette instead?
Standing up for Miley during the VMAs beef
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) August 31, 2015
Last year’s MTV Video Music Awards saw Nicki Minaj call out Miley Cyrus whilst accepting an award, and, in the immediate aftermath, it seemed like everyone had their say on the beef. Courtney of course stepped in, rushing to Miley’s aid.
When she derided everything ever on telly
why does most everything on tv suck? shit better have two sets of balls if you're going to even try to impress this empress!
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) May 22, 2013
Clearly bored of channel-hopping one night, Courtney took to Twitter to express her displeasure at the scheduling Gods.
When she hung out with Eli Roth and Russell Crowe
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) April 17, 2015
Being Courtney Love has its perks – her dinner guests are often some of the world’s most famous faces. When she’s not sitting down to eat with Kim and Kanye, she’s stepping out with actor/director Eli Roth and the one and only Russell Crowe.
And her relieved reaction to finally burying the hatchet with Dave Grohl
The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there pic.twitter.com/1VPdVKAAbc
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) April 11, 2014
Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 heralded another significant event – a very public embrace between Courtney and Kurt’s fellow bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. It was a big moment for the trio, after clashing constantly in the years after Kurt’s death over a range of complex issues (or, as Courtney put it, “we had some gnarly times over 20 years”).
But it was this tweet that was the cherry on top for the very welcome quashing of this grungey fracas. Kudos, Courtney and Dave.