From left to right Andy Gill, Johnny Depp, Paula Yates, Michael Hutchence, Courtney Love, Bono, Kate Moss
If Courtney could talk to her 20-year-old self, what would she say? She replied, laughing, “When you hit the A-list, don’t do drugs. Quit smoking before you start. Don’t text anyone after 9 p.m., no matter what, or you will ruin all your boyfriends. Just be really grateful. Be humble. Don’t be a b****. You can’t be bad to yourself”
People say you’ve bewitched Kurt, that he’s just a simple-minded guy and you… Courtney: Well, Jesus, don’t flatter him all at once. One minute he’s a leader, a voice for a generation - next minute I’m spoon-feeding him cereal and fucking his life up. Kurt went after me. I wanna tell you about how we finally got together. I was going out with Billy Corgan - for my sins, for my sins, we all make mistakes - actually fuck it, no, he’s stuck up for me. Billy’s okay. He was good in bed. Very good in bed. Anyway, I was with Billy, and I went on tour with him in Europe. They [The Pumpkins] were playing some festival with Nirvana, and I stood on the side of the stage and Kurt was drunk, really really drunk, staggering all over the stage. He started singing a song in a really high voice about me, he and Dave [Grohl] were making jokes about me and Billy, and it was so embarrassing. I was squeezing Billy’s hand digging my nails right in. Anyway, the dressing-room was covered in graffiti about me, which I found out later Kurt had done, because he was jealous of Billy. And all round Europe, the Pumpkins played in venues a week after Nirvana, and every dressing room had something scrawled in it from Kurt. There were hundreds of weird coincidences. I didn’t initially go after him. I wanted him to date Kat [Bjelland, from Babes in Toyland]. I tried to get them together. So everyone can stop all this shit now. It’s the lying I can’t stand. It’s the lying that gets me down. One thing this last terrible year has proved: if you lie about us, I will hit you, Kurt will shoot you, and we will sue.
“The first time Kurt and I slept together was at a Days Inn in Chicago, we were having our first postcoital moment, and we’re watching MTV and the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video came on. I pulled away from him because it was his video, his moment, he was the king of the fucking world, he put his arm around me and pulled me closer. Which was symbolic, like, I’m letting you into my life. That really endeared him to me,”- Courtney Love.