Courtney Love has changed. She’s just waiting for the world to notice.
In the aftermath of the death of her husband, Kurt Cobain, Love grieved very publicly, acting erratically and struggling with addiction for several years, while leading her band, Hole, and nurturing an acting career that landed her a best-actress Golden Globe nomination for The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996.
“I don’t really care what people think about me on a certain level,” Love says, calling from her home in Greenwich Village. “But when it hurts my capacity to function … to get a rental, say, ‘We want first year and last year’ — not ‘first month and last month’ rent. Two years’ rent! It’s hard-core some of the stuff that goes along with having this reputation.”
Love is looking to “clean that up.” She has already been chosen to represent French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s latest Saint Laurent line. She’s working on a memoir that’s set to be released by HarperCollins by Christmas. She’s also set to be part of an upcoming TV series that she says she really can’t discuss yet. “I need someone to just vacuum up the nonsense that’s been out there about me since like ’04,” she says. “Why is this stuff still going around? Why is everyone still calling me ‘crazy,’ making inferences that I’m still on drugs, when that hasn’t gone on since ’04?”
And, maybe most importantly, Love is working on new music that she is eager to show off. She has had an album completed for nine months and is just waiting for her new label to finish work on Prince’s release so that her album — billed as Courtney Love, not Hole — can come out.
Don’t look for a Hole reunion tour anytime soon. “I’m not going to play with [Hole guitarist] Eric Erlandson,” Love says, adding that she has received numerous offers to reunite the band for a “greatest hits” tour. “I don’t like him. I’ve been playing with Micko Larkin for eight years now, which is as long as I played with Eric, and we’ve never had a fight, let alone 10 fights a day.”
Love says she’s looking forward to people getting the chance to see what she is really like these days. “I think the people of Lubbock, Texas, or Peoria or wherever would be well served and I think I would be well served if my reputation didn’t suffer these slings and arrows that actually harm my capacity to function,” she says.
She believes her prospective TV series may go a long way toward reintroducing her to a lot of people.
“The thing about these shows is that they’re unflinching,” she says. “If you have a good demeanor and you’re in a good place, then what can people say?”