Courtney Love loses guardianship of daughter

Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:00pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock singer Courtney Love lost legal control of her daughter with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain after a court gave temporary guardianship of the 17 year-old to Cobain's mother and sister, court papers showed on Monday.

No reason was given for the decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to award temporary guardianship of Frances Bean Cobain to Wendy O'Connor, her grandmother, and Kimberly Dawn Cobain, her aunt.

The judge's decision on temporary guardianship of Frances Bean Cobain comes ahead of the release of Love's latest album, "Nobody's Daughter," which is expected early next year.

The judge's decision was filed on Friday but the court papers in the case only gained attention on Monday.

A representative for Love, 45, declined immediate comment.

In a 2007 interview with U.S. media outlet National Public Radio, Love said she felt she needed to be skinny to succeed in the music industry, but her daughter said that was "sick."

"My daughter is smart," Love said in the 2007 interview. "She's so smart. She's like, 'The culture you ascribe to is so disgusting, mother.'"

Love was married to Kurt Cobain until he committed suicide in 1994. With Nirvana, Cobain scored such hits as "All Apologies" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Love has scored hit songs with "Awful" and "Malibu."

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Rock star Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean attend the finale of Fox's "American Idol" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood May 25, 2005. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello</p>