Frances Bean Cobain, Courtney Love

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UPDATE 2: According to Courtney Love's attorney, Keith A. Fink, the singer did not lose custody of Frances Bean. Rather, the teen just wants to live with her grandmother right now.

"Courtney's been clean for years and is perfectly fine," Fink told People. "Frances is 17 and a strong-willed child, and this is a decision she made on her own. No matter what, Courtney loves her daughter more than anything in the world."

UPDATE 1: A lawyer for Kurt Cobain's mother and sister said this is a private family matter and that no statement would be issued on the reason behind the move.

It's going to be a lonely Christmas for Courtney Love.

The ever-troubled rocker has lost legal custody of daughter Frances Bean Cobain, according to documents filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

It's unclear what prompted the legal switcheroo, though Love's closely watched Facebook page has devolved in recent weeks into rambling, often incomprehensive diatribes on everyone from the trustees of her daughter's trust fund to Edward Norton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, the latter of whom, Love alleged in one particularly incoherent recent posting, had been molested by her father.

In lieu of Love's parenting, the court tapped Kurt Cobain's mother and sister, aka Frances' paternal grandmother and aunt, as her new guardians.

"The court orders Wendy O'Connor and Kimberly Cobain temporary guardians of the person and temporary guardians of the estate of Frances Bean Cobain," court spokeswoman Vania Steulp told E! News.

The duo will now be in charge of the rock heir's education, living situation and health care, ostensibly until her mother regains custody or she ceases being a minor (she turns 18 next August).

As for Love, who was not present in court on Friday but who has been no stranger to the courthouse this year, her publicist, Alan Nierob, was unable to offer any further insight into the legal move.

"Sorry, don't know anything about it," he said.

—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

(Originally published Dec. 14, 2009, at 12:44 p.m. PT)


What with Courtney (with an assist from the late Kurt) being a regular fixture in our Most Dysfunctional Celeb Couples gallery, we probably should've seen this one coming.

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