COURTNEY LOVE'S CRAZY LIFE

Published on: November 14, 2001

Wild-child rocker Courtney Love runs her home like a chaotic flophouse -- with no food in the cupboards, kids up past midnight and rock music blaring until 7 a.m.

In an exclusive ENQUIRER interview, Love's former male nanny Paul Garnica reveals life in the home "was crazy. I could not get any sleep. It was chaos.

"She kept the TV blaring until 4:30 a.m., but that wasn't the worst of it. Then she turned on Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at full volume until 7 a.m. It was wild.

"Her behavior was erratic. One minute she'd be nice and the next she'd be snapping at people."

Paul spent a weekend from hell at the Love household when he agreed to take on child-care duty and got an eyeful he'll never forget. He claims he got stiffed out of his $25-per-hour pay and he is suing the performer in small claims court.

"It's just not right. She thinks she can take advantage of people because she's a celebrity," fumed the 22-year-old -- who gives ENQUIRER readers an extremely rare glimpse into the life and home of one of showbiz's oddest characters.

Love, the widow of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide with a shotgun in 1994, has one child, Frances Bean, 9. But her home became a chaotic kiddy jamboree -- with young visitors crashing on couches and makeshift beds, says Paul.

On top of that, Cobain's 15-year-old half-sister Brianne, and the two young daughters of Love's boyfriend, record producer Jim Barber, showed up at odd hours.

"At midnight, Courtney told me to take the kids upstairs to watch TV. Not to put them to bed -- to watch TV!" Paul told The ENQUIRER.

"Jim's daughters, Caroline and Anna, were little kids, under 5 years old. Finally they were put on makeshift beds in the living room with Frances sleeping on the sofa to keep them company.

"But in the middle of the night, around 3 a.m., Courtney woke me up and made me go down and sleep on the sofa with the kids. She had all the lights on downstairs -- and her TV was blaring.



FAST FACT!
Courtney spent her early years in hippie communes.

"Then she put on Hendrix and Joplin. I don't know how the kids managed to sleep."

Courtney was prone to erratic and strange behavior -- including emerging from her bedroom wrapped in a sheet, Paul told The ENQUIRER.

"One morning I heard her out in the backyard yelling, 'I need help! I need help!' I went out there and she was in her nightgown with a garden hose squirting water everywhere. She was yelling, 'This place is a mess!' Then she ordered me to move patio furniture from one place to another. Back and forth. It was bizarre!"

Despite her wealth, there was little food in the multimillion-dollar house -- and Love didn't seem to care if the kids ate on schedule.

"At 6:30 p.m. I asked Courtney if Frances had had her dinner yet. She said she'd ordered take-out food, but it didn't arrive until after 11 p.m. Then Courtney took the food in her bedroom with Jim and the kids and they ate it all."

When Frances celebrated her 9th birthday party, the bash reduced the Love home to a complete shambles.

"Courtney came out of her room and asked me to clean the house, even though my job was child care," said Paul. "She was pretty insistent. Half-eaten pizza and cake and wrapping paper and soda cups were everywhere.

"For Frances' birthday, Courtney had ordered two truckloads of stuff from FAO Schwarz and Toys 'R' Us. I ended up taking 10 hefty trash bags of garbage out of there."

Despite the hairpin turns of her mom's wild life, "Frances seems like a really well-adjusted little girl," concluded Paul. "I guess she's used to it all."