Courtney Love Was Using Heroin When Pregnant

Though she denied it for some time, 50-year old Courtney Love has finally admitted what many suspected all along — she did use heroin when pregnant with daughter Frances Bean Cobain, now 22.

In case you weren’t following the feud between Hole frontwoman Love and Vanity Fair‘s Lynn Hirschberg, who wrote a 1992 profile on the singer revealing her knowing drug use during pregnancy, we’ve summed up the she-said she-said below.

Courtney Love: I Did Do Heroin When Pregnant

The Original Accusation

According to Hirschberg’s article, Love admitted to doing heroin for a couple months in January 1992, when she was pregnant with Frances Bean, her only child with the late Kurt Cobain.

Cobain and Love were quick to release a statement condemning Hirschberg’s article, saying:

“The Vanity Fair article . . . contains many inaccuracies and distortions, and generally gives a false picture of both of us, including our attitude about . . . drugs.”

Specifically regarding the heroin allegation, the rockers said, “We unequivocally deny this. . . . As soon as Courtney found out she was pregnant, she immediately contacted an obstetrician and a doctor specializing in chemical dependency and has been under their care since then and has been assured that she can expect to have a healthy baby.”


Custody Issues

After Hirschberg’s article was published, child protective services began an investigation of Love and Cobain, and two-week-old Frances Bean was taken from their custody.

The couple launched a legal battle and eventually she was returned to their care, but Love seemed to hold Hirschberg’s article against the writer, with the bad blood continuing for years to come.

2011 Admissions

In 2011, Love touched on the heroin allegations again, telling The Fix that she had used heroin when pregnant — but only during the first three weeks, before she found out. She insisted that once she tested positive, she stopped, because “When you have a baby inside you, you’re not going to do drugs or something stupid.”

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

Now, Love has come totally clean about her heroin use, telling director Brett Morgen “I used it once then stopped” during an on-camera interview for HBO’s documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck.”

Love’s justification for using the hard drugs? “I knew she would be fine.”

Unfortunately, there’s no way Love could know 100% that heroin use would not affect her baby. It seems fitting that her admission is coming out during National Birth Defects Prevention Month, as it highlights the need for expanded support for expectant mothers with addiction problems.

In addition to offering drug and alcohol testing for individuals, Test Smartly Labs can conduct passive exposure testing for social services and other situations requiring court-admissible drug tests. If you are a pregnant woman with an addiction or you know an expectant family struggling with substance abuse, please, contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs and get help, now.

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