updated 01/25/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/25/2010 AT 2:05 PM ET
She’s aware that she is the rock ‘n’ roll mom many love to hate. “Say the name Courtney Love to a stranger and they’re liable to respond, ‘That horrible woman!’ ” the Hole singer, 45, tells Dazed and Confused magazine.
But with over 7,000 followers on Twitter and a much-anticipated new record, it’s obvious folks can’t seem to get enough of her. Especially when she’s going off about family issues, like her recent loss of custody of daughter Frances Bean Cobain, an issue that’s still in flux, as far as Love is concerned.
“The past few years have been Frances and me against the world,” she says.
But for the life of her she can’t understand why so many people care. “I don’t make a good celebrity and nor do I want to,” she says. “If I was a good celebrity I’d be really enigmatic and contrived. Some people can step outside themselves and view themselves how others do. I just can’t.”
Admitting that she doesn’t “communicate brilliantly in any other form” but music, her next record, Nobody’s Daughter, offers a deeper glimpse into her world. Crafting an album about “greed, the recession, the depression [and] vengeance” she says, has “been the most important thing in my life other than Frances.”
Having successfully worked through her drug addiction, a struggle she says led to the “failure” of her solo career, Love has learned, “that you can’t be Mick and Keith. You can’t be the one on drugs and the one in control.”