Rare Kurt Cobain Interview Surfaces: 'I Thought I Was Gay, I Thought That Might Be the Solution'

artist: Nirvana date: 10/25/2013 category: music news
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Rare Kurt Cobain Interview Surfaces: 'I Thought I Was Gay, I Thought That Might Be the Solution'
A rare 1993 interview with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain recently surfaced online, giving a unique insight on the musician's state of mind at the time. During the chat, Kurt touched on the subject of his sexuality, revealing that at one point he thought he was gay. "I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem," he said. "Although I never experimented with it, I had a gay friend and then my mother wouldn't allow me to be friends with him anymore because, well ... she's homophobic. It was real devastating because finally I'd found a male friend who I actually hugged and was affectionate to and we talked about a lot of things." Cobain also discussed his childhood and family life, saying that his parents' divorce had a great impact, making him feel unhappy and lost basically until starting his own family with Courtney Love. When asked on whether he was feeling better at the time, he replied: "Yeah, especially since I've been married and I've had a child. You know, within the last year my whole mental state and my physical state have almost improved 100 percent. I haven't felt this optimistic since right before the divorce, you know. [laughs]" While remembering his childhood, the frontman said that he used to mostly socialize with girls, due to his inability to find a male friend. "I just always felt that they weren't treated with respect," he said. "Especially because women are just totally oppressed. I mean the words b-tch and c-nt were totally common. Although I listened to Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and I really did enjoy some of the melodies they'd written, it took me so many years to realize that a lot of it had to do with sexism." He continued, "The way that they just wrote about their d-cks and having sex. And I was just starting to understand what really was pissing me off so much those last couple of years of high school. And then punk rock was exposed and then it all came together, it just fit together like a puzzle." Check out the full animated chat below.
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