Saturday 21 July 2018

Frances Bean Cobain reveals two-year struggle with addiction

The 25-year-old said she hopes sharing her experiences will help others.

Frances Bean Cobain (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Frances Bean Cobain (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Frances Bean Cobain has revealed a private battle with addiction as she celebrated two years sober.

The daughter of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love did not divulge details of her struggle but spoke about “self destruction and toxic consumption and deliverance from pain”, adding she thought her experiences might be useful to others.

The 25-year-old shared a video of herself in Oahu, Hawaii, on Instagram and wrote: “This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday.

I thought I would start this post by sharing a pure moment in Oahu surrounded by nature & love. This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here & now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday. It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum . The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing. I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different. It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bazaar, uncomfortable, tragic, fucked up things that have ever happened or will ever happen. Self destruction, toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to. Undeniably, for myself and those around me choosing to be present is the best decision I have ever made. How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls. It’s all interconnected. It has to be. So I’m gonna take today to celebrate my vibrant health and the abundance of happiness, gratitude, awareness, compassion, strength, fear, loss, wisdom, and the myriad of other messy, raw emotions I feel constantly. They inform who I am, what my intentions are, who i want to be and they force me to acknowledge my boundaries/limitations. I claim my mistakes as my own because I believe them to be a contribution to a higher education. I am constantly evolving. The moment any evolution ceases is the moment I disservice myself and ultimately those I love. As cheesy and cornball as it sounds life does get better, if you want it to. I’ll never claim I know something other people don’t. I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me. Peace, love, empathy (I’m going to reclaim this phrase and redefine it as something that’s filled with hope and goodness and health, because I want to ) Frances Bean Cobain

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“It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum.

“The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately.

“But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing.

“I want to have the capacity to recognise & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different.

“It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bazaar, uncomfortable, tragic, f***** up things that have ever happened or will ever happen.

“Self destruction and toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to.

“Undeniably, for myself and those around me becoming present is the best decision I have ever made.

“How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls. It’s all interconnected. It has to be.

“So I’m gonna take today to celebrate my vibrant health and the abundance of happiness, gratitude, awareness, compassion, empathy, strength, fear, loss, wisdom, peace and the myriad of other messy emotions I feel constantly.”

Cobain said those emotions inform who she is and force her to acknowledge her boundaries and limitations.

She added: “As cheesy and cornball as it sounds life does get better, if you want it to. I’ll never claim I know something other people don’t.

“I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me.”

Both Cobain’s parents battled substance abuse, while her father committed suicide in 1994 when she was still a baby.

Press Association

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