Love talks about family troubles
Published 13/02/2010 | 04:09
Courtney Love has declared her daughter to be the most important thing in her life - the day after an order restricting her access to the teenager was extended.
The Hole frontwoman, speaking at the Oxford Union debating chamber, said 17-year-old Frances Bean kept her going after the suicide of husband Kurt Cobain.
Addressing 300 students at the world-famous forum, the singer said: "What gave me strength was my daughter's life force."
She added: "My daughter's the most important thing to me, in my life."
The 17-year-old, her only child, is in the care of Cobain's mother and sister after temporary custody was granted to them in December.
Wearing a sparkly black top, black trousers, long black boots and glasses, Love surprised the students by telling them of her passion for quantum physics and Greek myths.
She admitted to them, referring to the saga of a mother and her child: "I'm having my Demeter and Persephone moment with my daughter."
Describing herself as a feminist, she said she did not like to be referred to simply as the widow of Nirvana frontman Cobain.
But in one of the most moving parts of the hour-long question and answer session, she spoke of the devastating impact his death had on her.
She said no-one offered her counselling or psychological support in the wake of the death, adding that, as a Buddhist, chanting helped her.