Making your own way…

by jennine on February 29, 2008

Like a lot of people, in the early 90’s I was a huge Nirvana fan. I actually got to see them play in 1991, it was my first concert without my parents (my first concert with parents was New Kids on the Block in 1989). When Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, I was genuinely saddened by the loss of a talented musician. Frances Bean was just a baby then, and Courtney Love was far from getting her life together(?). Having famous parents must be difficult. Having the watchful eye of celeb-obsessed public scrutinizing your every move, although many of us had a difficult time coming of age, for some reason we think money and fame should make one exempt.  Some children of famous parents rise into their own, Stella McCartney, Angelina Jolie,  Ivanka Trump. And the shaky ones I don’t want to talk about.

I don’t normally like to do ‘celebrity’ type posts, but when I came across these pictures, I thought Frances Bean was such a beautiful child. First off, I can’t believe how much time has passed since she was born. And secondly, I really hope she doesn’t fall into the same trap her parents did. Now 15 years old, Frances Bean Cobain gives an interview with Bazaar magazine.

She says, “These people are fascinated by me, but I haven’t done anything. If you’re a big Nirvana fan, a big Hole fan, then I understand why you would want to get to know me, but I’m not my parents.

“People need to wait until I’ve done something valid with my life.”

“I get it, I really do, but at the same time it’s creepy.”

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1 dreamecho February 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

“People need to wait until I’ve done something valid with my life.”

i’m usually not concerned with celebrity, too, but reading this line is encouraging. i would like her to see her follow through on this and not just capitalize on her famous genes.


2 patti February 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm

oh my. I thought I was reading something I wrote! I saw Nirvana in ‘91 and my first concert was NEW KIDS too! (it was so a secret guilty pleasure, even at 13 or 14.)Nirvana was the first concert I got to drive to San Francisco without my mom. It was a very pivotal moment in my life to see Nirvana live at that age. It MUST be so bizarre for Francis Bean. The fascination with offspring of an arguably legendary person is undeniable and probably incredibly creepy at times for said offspring.


3 jennine February 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm

omg, i thought i was the only one! the nkotb phase was big, but i was ashamed once i entered the grunge/punk phase.

ah, youth!


4 yulanda February 29, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I think joe mcintyre was my first celebrity crush. teehee.


5 Becky February 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I’m more of a nerdy showtunes gal myself but there is no denying the beauty of those pictures and the apparent maturity of the model. She’s awesome.



6 meli March 1, 2008 at 12:28 am

was anyone in love with mc. hammer’s parachute pants?? that was my desired dream outfit, with reebok pumps or duo colored laced LAgears, OMG. time for an 80s party asap.


7 Melissa March 1, 2008 at 2:33 am

She is beautiful! Hopefully she’ll have more control and stability than her parents.


8 my love for you. March 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm

wow. i’ve been hearing bits here and there that ‘babys all grows up’…she’s beautiful. and what a head on her for 15! my sister saw nirvana…i never did. but here’s something…i sat w/ donny from NKOTB at lunch and hung w/joey after school. ha! no lie. that’s all the name dropping i’ll do, or can for that matter!


9 susie_bubble March 2, 2008 at 2:52 am

She has grown up beautifully… considering when I saw earlier pics of her, she looked completely different…


10 Alya March 2, 2008 at 4:04 am

Smart! She’s absolutely right. She’s not her parents. A product of them, yes. A clone? no.


11 Fenke March 2, 2008 at 8:46 am

i cannot believe she is only fifteen. not because it seems longer that i was crying over curt’s death (nirvana was the only band i was ever a real fan of, i even had a cat named frances at that time) - but because they made her look so much older in the pics. pretty girl.


12 Sandra Mendoza-Daly March 3, 2008 at 12:05 am

OMG! When I was reading your post and I saw the picture, I was thinking, “Where is she going with this?” I had no idea this is what Francis Bean looked like now. I still imagine a little girl.

Wow! She’s stunning.


13 ambika March 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm

She looks stunning and sounds like she’s (surprisingly) got a wise head on her shoulders.


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