Frances Bean Cobain says Kurt ‘wouldn’t have stood for’ current political situation and ‘violation of basic human rights’ in the US

She also discussed taboos surrounding mental health and addiction

Frances Bean Cobain has said her father, Kurt Cobain, “wouldn’t have stood for” the current political situation in the United States.

The musician and daughter of the late Nirvana frontman was speaking at the opening of a new exhibition in County Kildare, which displays personal items that once belonged to Kurt.

“The violation of basic human rights that seems to be a prevalent theme in our country right now – I would like to believe that Kurt wouldn’t have stood for that or accepted that,” she told Reuters.


Cobain also discussed the taboos surrounding mental health and addiction. She has discussed her own struggles with both in the past, while her father also struggled with both before his suicide in 1994. “There is an association that is shameful and it shouldn’t be,” she said. “It’s taboo … despite the fact that it is present in our society every single day.”

“I think that in Europe it is a little less taboo,” she continued. “I think in America it is very frowned upon.”

Growing Up Kurt Cobain is now open at the Museum Of Style Icons in Newbridge, near Dublin, and runs until September 30. Cobain was joined at the opening by her aunt Kim and grandmother Wendy O’Connor. The new exhibition includes Kurt’s sketches and drawings, along with clothes, handwritten lyrics,  and a car. Some of the items in the show have never been seen by the public before.

Of the exhibition, Kurt’s sister Kim said: “It felt like the right time to show who Kurt really was as a child growing up. To go back to his roots of being a child, where he was happiest.”

Meanwhile, Cobain has teased the official release of her own music. When a fan asked her on Instagram asked if she would ever release a full song, she replied concisely: “Oh yes.”


The 25-year-old was recently asked what her father would think of her music. She replied: “I don’t have an answer for that because I don’t want to speak on someone else’s behalf. I would hope that he would be proud of the human being I am even if he didn’t like the art I am putting out. That’s all I would ask of anyone in my life.”