X Factor finalist Janet Devlin has denied knowledge of being directly related to Kurt Cobain after the late Nirvana singer’s ex-wife Courtney Love made the unlikely claim that they were cousins.
Love told NME that she had made the discovery while researching Cobain’s family tree during her ongoing legal battle over Nirvana‘s legacy. “In all this money shit, I’ve had to discover exactly who the Cobains are. [Janet] is a cousin of Kurt’s ancestors from County Tyrone, so in effect she’s Kurt and Frances’ cousin.”
Following a request from NME, a publicist for the ITV 1 show subsequently contacted Devlin and her family to verify the claims. They said they were “completely unaware” of the connection, while Janet commented:
I’m not aware of any family connection but it’s pretty cool if that is the case.
Love made the claims after offering to allow X Factor contestants to cover Nirvana songs in a series of tweets to show supremo Simon Cowell.
The winner’s of this year’s series, Little Mix, are set to go head-to-head with the grunge legends’ track ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for the Christmas Number One spot. The girlband performed their track, a cover of Damien Rice‘s ‘Cannonball’, at the close of last night’s (December 11) final of the annual talent contest.
To read the full interview with Love, where she explains how she reached the conclusion that Janet and Kurt were related, pick up this week’s issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.