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Courtney Love and Francis Bean: an unhelpful Twitter family feud

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(Read caption) Courtney Love, controversial rocker and wife of the late Kurt Cobain, accused Foo Fighters front man David Grohl of hitting on Love's 19-year-old estranged daughter Frances Bean, via Twitter. Bean fired back that her mother should be banned from the social networking site.

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I remember being 19. I was a newly minted freshman in college far, far away from home. My mother, who had not so secretly expressed her desire that I go to a school several thousand miles closer to home, and I fought a lot. We fought over the phone, and we fought in person when my parents came to campus for visitor’s weekend.  Mothers and teenage daughters have been fighting for generations. But the strange and estranged relationship between perennial tabloid fodder Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, the 19-year daughter of Ms. Love and the late Kurt Cobain, has set new standards in the absurdity department.

Ms. Cobain lives with her maternal grandmother after filing a restraining order against Love in 2009, an indication of the already strained relationship between the Hole grunge rocker queen and her only child. But the familial squabbling reached a new level of public low when Love took to Twitter to accuse Foo Fighters front man David Grohl, 43, of trying to seduce Ms. Cobain, the daughter of his former best friend and band mate, Mr. Cobain. The string of tweets from Love’s private account was  then captured by gossip site Gawker.

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