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Courtney Love Dishes on How She Finally Got Clean From Her Addictions to “All” Drugs

Courtney Love
Courtney Love spoke about her drug use and feuds. 

Nothing but Love. After years of drug abuse, feuds, and a messy public life, Courtney Love has turned over a new leaf. 

The Hole frontwoman, 50, stopped by The Late Show on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and dished to host David Letterman about how she finally got clean and resolved one of the most infamous rock ‘n’ roll feuds in history. 

The former wife of late Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain, Love reflected on her drug use, explaining that she used “All of it, just all of it. There are no more drugs.”

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After spending time in rehab in the mid-2000s, the former wild child stopped using. She told host Letterman, 67, that her sobriety was also aided by religious practices.

“What really saved me was, obviously going to meetings and stuff like that, but I’m a Buddhist,” she spilled. “I chant and I’m really serious about it. I chant twice a day.” 

“I’m Nichiren Buddhist so it’s Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo,” Love continued, referencing the devotional mantra. “So I sit there in the morning, ‘Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo,’ and it changed my life. Absolutely. It turned everything around.”

Courtney Love and Dave Grohl
Courtney Love and Dave Grohl hug onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in April 2014. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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“[I chant] as much as I can… an hour… I try, I am for that,” she added. “It’s like doing sit-ups, spiritual sit-ups.”

The mother of daughter Frances Bean, 22, also found peace in her personal life once she and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl finally ended their decades-long feud. The two were in a fierce private and public battle, suing one another over Cobain and Nirvana’s assets and making personal attacks.

“We’re friends again,” she said of Grohl, whom she reconciled with last year. “We text and we’re cool. I think you just get to an age where… ‘Why are we suing each other?’ I mean, really. Honestly, it just got stupid.”

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“Me and Dave Grohl, we had some gnarly times over 20 years,” Love quipped. “If we can make up, anyone can make up. We’re really cool now.” 

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