Frances Bean Cobain makes $95K a month from Kurt Cobain’s publicity rights

Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain go shopping at Yves Saint Laurent

Here are some photos of Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love in Paris a few days ago. They caught the tailend of Paris Fashion Week, and they went to the Yves Saint Laurent show (plus they went shopping at the YSL store too). Is anyone else surprised by this? I know Frances Bean has been spending more time with her mom in the past few years, but it feels like a new chapter of their relationship now, like they’re doing mother-daughter trips to Paris Fashion Week and going shopping together. I’m also surprised by Courtney’s look here – she seems very… pulled together. Not messy at all. Shock!

Meanwhile, Frances Bean is closing the book on her starter marriage to Isaiah Silva. They started their divorce proceedings earlier this year, and I guess the divorce is still being finalized, and that’s why we’re getting some information about Frances’s finances, through public documents. So would it surprise you to learn that Frances Bean is making more than $100K a month just off Kurt Cobain’s publicity rights plus dividends?

No surprise here: Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain is very well taken care of financially thanks to her late dad. According to a yearly income and expense declaration filed earlier this year as part of her divorce from Isaiah Silva, the 24-year-old model makes $95,496 a month from the Nirvana rocker’s publicity rights and $6,784 a month in dividends.

She is also worth more than $11 million—she listed property worth $4.5 million and stocks, bonds and other assets worth $6.8 million. Frances also listed her monthly spending amount to be $206,000.

Kurt committed suicide in 1994, at the peak of his career. He was 27. Frances married Isaiah in 2014 and filed for divorce from in March 2016. They have no children. In September, a court ruled Frances must pay Isaiah $12,000 a month over the next four months as temporary spousal support, as well as $15,000 to cover some of the cost (if not all) of his attorney fees.

[From E! News]

The idea that she spends $206,000 a month is crazy, right? Does that include her mortgage payments on her $4.5 million property? Possibly. I mean, sure, I’ll totally believe that many celebrities can easily spend $200K-a-month, especially if you count real estate ventures. But it does seem like an exorbitant figure for Frances Bean. Then again, I’m surprised that her net worth is so low – she’s only worth $11 million? I would have thought it would be much, much higher.

Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain leave the Saint Laurent show in Paris

Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain leave the Saint Laurent show in Paris

Photos courtesy of WENN, Backgrid.

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  1. Jillian says:

    Million dollar question:

    Do you think Courtney Love had something to do with Kurt’s death?

    • Nacho_friend says:

      No, and that’s a dumb question. Only a drug addict blames anyone but themselves for their addiction and mental health issues.

    • Ariel says:

      No. Let’s not be crazy conspiracy theorists.

    • harper says:

      no. he’d already overdosed twice in his life and a quick look at his songs – “i hate myself and i want to die” – it’s all pretty clear.

    • Aims says:

      That’s such a good question. We watched this documentary called Soaked in bleach . It was very compelling . The was the showed how difficult it would be to kill yourself with a shotgun and the way he landed. There was a lot going on behind the scenes with he and Courtney . It was really really interesting .

      • harper says:

        aims, you should watch the documentary frances made and released. there’s a lot of footage of kurt and it’s very clear how mentally ill and drug addicted he really was.

      • Aims says:

        I did, and it answers some questions too. I came out of it feeling sad. I loved Nirvana and felt kinship towards Kurt. I felt sad for him, his upbringing was difficult . Basically , his whole life was hard. He was a genius and he hit nerve with my generation . One scene that really struck me was when he was holding his baby and he was really high. People around him was acting like it a normal thing. It’s really sad.

      • Olive says:

        that film is awful and full of baseless claims

      • downTime says:

        I saw this also- it was disturbing how Courtney’s abusive father claimed she “could kill Kurt”; that’s abuser 101 to blame the victim. He was an explosive, horrid man. The film made me more empathetic to Courtney, tho I resent her sh+t for brains druggie parenting of Francis. Seems that Francis and her mom bond through shopping, but that’s their version of Love.

    • Merritt says:

      No. He was an addict and suffered from mental illness.

    • lobstah says:

      Yes. SO much yes. There’s no way you couldn’t think she did.

    • milla says:

      I used to think so, back when i was younger. Now, after watching all i could find about Kurt, i think its what keeps him alive. And she liked being that Black Widow.

      He was amazing talent, but too messed up. She was just as messed up, she had mental issues as well, but she survived. I have no idea how.

      I do think FBCobain has more money than 11mil. She went through divorce and who ever does her finances knows what to do. She cannot run out of money, cos Kurt’s legacy will never go away.

      I read somewhere, few yrs ago, that she was worth almost a billion. It sounds insane, but who knows…

      • jwoolman says:

        If she’s spending $206,000 per month and her income from her dad’s fortune is $100,000 – she must have other sources of money or else she will run out at some point. Would love to have that particular budgeting problem.

    • Olive says:

      Absolutely not. He was a depressed addict. He killed himself. Let’s not act like he was some helpless man overrun by his wife. That’s a misogynistic trope. Courtney is better than that.

    • Dotgirl says:

      No. I actually knew Kurt and Dave before they were famous, when they were just bumming around The Last Exit in the UD in Seattle, and he hated himself even then. He was on heroin before he ever met Courtney, and while she might not have been healthy for him, she didn’t kill him. He killed himself, which he’d already tried to do several times before.

      She may suck, but people need to stop with the ‘She killed him!’ crap.

      • milla says:

        Wow its like knowing a part of modern music history… Love did heroin before Kurt as well. They were tragic match.
        I still think he had potential to be wonderful person.

      • Tars says:

        I miss the Last Exit.

      • Berlin says:

        DotGirl
        Very well put. It really bothers me that because Courtney is a controversial figure and engenders a lot of negative publicity, that people like to run that rumour around that she killed Kurt. Give me a break. She loved him and was devastated when he killed himself. And all she got was called horrible names and accusations. I cannot imagine how hard that would be to lose your husband, have a young child, and have people call you a murderer.

    • supersoft says:

      No. There is a line in one of his songs about that little band that always struck me as odd, after his death. I really think he hated being famous. Think of that huge pressure, and add addiction and depression. People kill themselves for smaller things. Courtney is not a nice person, but she wouldnt have killed him.

    • raincoaster says:

      Literally the meanest thing I ever read in a print magazine was in Esquire, which ran a picture of her looking messy with the caption, “If you were married to her, wouldn’t you kill yourself?”

    • kb says:

      I’ve gone back and forth on it over the years. I find everyone getting their panties in a bunch to say no is hilarious though. Jesus y’all it’s speculation on a gossip site. Quit taking everything so seriously.

  2. Miss S says:

    I can’t imagine how anyone spending that amount of money in a month can be good with money (unless there are fixed high expenses with stuff like real estate or security/travel). I always think that there’s a point where you can’t really enjoy anything because you have everything you want and the desire, the wanting, the dreaming about it is part of the fun. Working for it also helps.

    • Rose says:

      Do you think she might have fiddled the numbers a bit so that the ex husband gets less money? And just generally played everything down?

    • oke says:

      I wish I could remember where I read this, but someone “close” to Frances said she did a lot of online shopping and that her house was littered with boxes that hadn’t been opened (and arrived who knows how long ago). That image stuck with me. Portrait of a person blowing through money but unable to get any enjoyment from it.

      She looks much healthier in those photos than in recent years, and I hope this is a lasting uptick. What a tough birthright.

    • Olive says:

      Judging by her Instagram, she buys a lot of art and first-edition books. That’s an expensive hobby.

  3. Megan says:

    If her income is $100,000 per month and she spends $200,000, that $11 million won’t last very long.

    • Beth says:

      Spoiled rich kids forget that money doesn’t grow on trees and one day there won’t be any left for them to waste

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeah, those numbers surprised me too. I do hope most of that 200K is for a mortgage, but who knows? It’s not as if it’s rare to hear about celebs squandering a fortune because they don’t understand a basic concept about money: don’t spend more than you earn.

    • Anastasia says:

      That’s what I was thinking! She’s spending almost twice her income each month!

    • Brittney B says:

      At this rate, it will last 9 more years.

    • Becks says:

      She has 95k in income from his royalties. If she’s modeling she may have other sources of income.

    • lucy2 says:

      Right? She’d be wise to get her spending down. She’s still very young and hopefully has many, many years ahead of her, and she needs to make that money last.

  4. Aims says:

    I’m surprised her net is lower too. Kurt ‘s estate is worth around 150 million , and since she’s the only offspring , she’ll get a large chunk of that. There’s no question that her life hasn’t been easy. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. A mentally ill father whom she never met and will forever be in his shadow. A mother who’s totally unstable with a strong history of drug abuse . Her life was chaotic . Frankly , I’m really proud of her.

    • QueenB says:

      All of that also applies to countless people with no money.

      • Miss S says:

        …Who don’t have the resources to take care of themselves and maybe stay away from toxic family. It’s a bit b*tchy to say this, but even though it doesn’t fix everything, just the amount of choices someone with money has to get well and make actually good decisions for themselves without the fear of scarcity limiting every little move… makes a BIG difference.

  5. Jordan says:

    For some reason, I feel 200k is small compared to the majority of celeb spending by month.

  6. Hazel says:

    I am not rich so to me $200k expenses a month is ridiculously absurd. Also, simple math, if she makes approx. $100k but has $200k expense per month, that means her lifestyle is unsustainable. If she doesn’t find new streams of income, then she would have to dip into her assets, like selling a house, paraphernalia, etc. This simple math is how some stars go bankrupt and bankable stars like Johnny Depp go into financial trouble.

  7. Ariel says:

    Are these numbers coming from her divorce proceedings? b/c lawyers can massage numbers to make things look a certain way- especially when keeping their client from paying alimony to a grifter.
    {sorry, the grifter comment is probably unfair}

  8. Shannon says:

    The numbers could very well be fudged in a divorce case to keep her ex from taking cash from her. Not that I’d blame her, I’m just saying there’s no way of knowing for sure she actually spends that much.

    • Christin says:

      Another example is Lisa Marie, Elvis’ only child. Her current divorce is going through similar claims of expenses outpacing a steady, significant income stream.

      • Aurelia says:

        Yep, Lisa Marie’s divorce lawyer got her to move into her daughters house so they could say she has no money. Her soon to be ex husband wants to get his hooks into the elvis estate. Basically Lisa Marie is saying she is broke and her ex should get a job.

  9. Talie says:

    Well, I think she still owns rights that she hasn’t sold. I think Courtney sold her own portion and gained like $20 million. But then she also claimed that she lost it all, so who knows!

  10. JC says:

    This amount of money and spending is a perfect example of why so many of the rich and elite lead fundamentally purposeless, conflicted, and guilty lives. Also, it’s why so many of their opinions have little relevance for the rest of us. Struggle and striving are blessings in many ways.

  11. Sabrine says:

    She should only have to pay this opportunist she married spousal support for the time they were married, so around 24 months. Even then it’s a total rip-off, but anything longer than that would be so incredibly unfair and undeserving.

  12. Kiki says:

    That’s one lucky kid. $100,000a month is a lot of money and she is well take care of unless she spends it foolishly. I hope this girl invest it into an education and make a life for herself. That what I would do if I am a product of musical royalty. As for her mother, I am surprised that Courtney Love looked great… At least she looks better than Madonna

  13. Millenial says:

    If Courtney and the executors of Kurt’s estate were smart, they likely put aside money for Frances in a trust that she can’t access until she’s older, but who knows. With her spending habits, 11 million doesn’t seem like much.

    But apparently they also didn’t advise her to get a pre-nup so who knows what they did.

  14. Originaltessa says:

    I wouldn’t even know how to begin to spend $200,000 a year, let alone each month. Holy jeez.

  15. prettylights says:

    I love her top outfit! She looks a lot healthier than when she was with Isaiah and like she has put on some weight.

    She strikes me as intelligent (just based off her twitter/instagram accounts, she used to post a lot about books and music and she came across well) so I’m sure she realizes that making 100k a month but spending 200k is not sustainable. I’m guessing those figures are from when she was with Isaiah and she toned it down now, or maybe her lawyers fudged the numbers a bit to protect her.

    Either way I really don’t see her winding up broke someday. She’s probably just enjoying her 20′s and when she gets older maybe she’ll hustle some, or maybe she’s making good investments now to keep the money coming in when she’s older. If she really wanted to she could make a fortune doing just about anything in the music industry.

  16. morgfunk says:

    I don’t think she’s spending more than she’s making, the money we know about, the $100 or so k a month is income her former spouse could technically get a chunk of. My guess is most of her actual wealth is in a trust that can’t be touched by him or anyone. Cough cough Courtney.

  17. Her Higness says:

    I am pleased to see them repair that mother daughter bond. I also struggled with my mom but she became my best friend. we all have demons in us.

  18. Eve V says:

    What I think is crazy is that she has to pay her ex $12,000 a MONTH for a two year “starter” marriage, in which they had no kids together and he sacrificed nothing (ie he didn’t sacrifice his career to support her career/their kids, etc). I read somewhere (maybe on here?) that he wanted her to continue to pay child support for his child from a previous relationship!! That is beyond ridiculous.

  19. Dj Jazzy Jen says:

    I just still can’t believe her ex has the nerve to say she gave him Kurt’s guitar from when he did MTV Unplugged as a gift and is trying to get that in the divorce. I could be wrong, but I hope that she wouldn’t have done that especially since it’s from one of his best performances.

  20. HeyThere! says:

    I also can’t even imagine what the hell I would buy each MONTH for 200K?!?!?! LOL I might be able to spend that one or two months if I just bought everything for anyone of my family/friends/kids….but by that third month I would be out of ideas!! LOL how insane. I guess I’m cheap(?!) because I can’t even imagine how to spend 5k a month?! HAHA I would be sweating bullets. Loads of vacations, I guess?!

  21. Amelie says:

    She is still her father’s spitting image despite the dark hair and heavy make up. She used to look even more like Kurt when she was younger but she definitely changed the bottom half of her face, did something to her jaw to make it more angular (she had a way rounder face when she was young). I always wondered if she got work done to look less like Kurt because the physical resemblance was so uncanny.

    • Anilehcim says:

      “she definitely changed the bottom half of her face”

      Yeah, she definitely has had quite a bit of work done. She doesn’t look anything like she did previously. I have to say though, I think she had really good work done and I think she’s gorgeous. Nothing was overboard.

      • Amelie says:

        Oh yeah no shade here. Whichever doctor she went to did a phenomenal job. She looks drastically different but I can still tell that’s Kurt’s daughter. And she wasn’t ugly before either, she just looked so much like Kurt. I could understand not wanting to look like someone whose legacy is tainted by suicide and mental health issues. Anyways she’s always seemed to have a level head, despite having Courtney for a mother and the chaos surrounding her when she was so little.

    • Olive says:

      She had Courtney’s old nose, which they’ve both now had plastic surgery on. She also had Kurt’s thin lips, so she’s plumping those. Look at these old photos:

      http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.205110.1314081854!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/alg-frances-bean-cobain-courtney-love-jpg.jpg

      she’s got a new nose and new lips at the minimum

  22. Amie says:

    Frances looks really good. She looks healthy here. She was for awhile so painfully skinny and looked very unwell. I love her whole look in the black lace outfit.

  23. raincoaster says:

    There are worse things to be an heiress from. Real artistic talent should be valued more than it is, generally speaking.

  24. reg says:

    Courney Love had Cobain murdered before he could divorce her, she wrote the suicide note
    and also had something to do with poor River Phoniex” death, and had Keanu Reeves as a side fling all at the same time. But Karma works, after years of dancing on cobains grave her career is a long forgotten wasteland…..