Courtney Love has taken aim at the journalist M.I.A. attacked on May 10 for the 1992 Vanity Fair article she wrote which vilified her and husband Kurt Cobain and suggested they were unfit parents. Now a New York Times columnist, Lynn Hirschberg hit the headlines herself in May when M.I.A. listed her direct phone number and criticized her in the lyrics of an online tune after the writer penned an unflattering profile piece about the hip-hop star.
And it wasn't the first time Hirschberg has upset a music star - Love has lashed out at her in a new "Behind The Music" special. The journalist's famous Vanity Fair article caused a furore because she quoted Love stating she had taken heroin while pregnant with daughter Frances Bean.
Love says, "She tore my world apart, tore Kurt's world apart. It was horrible what she did." The rocker insists she stopped taking drugs as soon as she discovered she was pregnant.
She fought back tears on the TV special, which debuted in America on Monday, June 21, when she recalled reading the Vanity Fair article for the first time. She revealed, "I read it and, like, f**k me the earth changed and his (Cobain) earth changed. A lot of things killed him and that (article) killed him too."
The piece prompted child service officials in Los Angeles to intervene when the couple's baby was born prematurely weeks later - and declare little Frances Bean would be safer in foster care. Love's former manager Janet Billig says, "(I was like) 'You're gonna read Vanity Fair and then come and take away this baby from loving parents that could actually take care of their child."
The rocker recalls, "That was suicidally horrible, that situation with Frances." To avoid losing the child to foster care, Kurt and Courtney had to hand over guardianship of their daughter to Love's half-sister Jamiee (corr).
The sibling, now Jamiee King, recalls, "It was very difficult; they really loved that child." Meanwhile Love and Cobain were forced to undergo regular drug testing and could not be left alone with Frances Bean.
At the same occasion, Love teared up as she recalled the start of her romance with late husband Cobain. But it wasn't out of fondness for the tragic Nirvana frontman - she was recalling the pain of their courtship.
Love confessed she struggled to cope with criticism leveled at her and her lover's wild ways. She explains, "It's really hard sometimes when everyone in the world is picking on you and that's what started happening... That really, really hurt my feelings; it was horrible. It took a long time to adapt to it and that was trauma... I didn't ask to be hated."
And she started sobbing again when she recalled the extent of her suicidal husband's drug use: "He'd pass out and seek oblivion and I'd have to f**king slap him and put pins in his balls and put ice cubes everywhere and it started to p**s me off... I started resenting that; I didn't like being a nursemaid." And she didn't get a lot of help: "He once overdosed on the floor in front of his mother and sister and I went to do all the s**t you do when someone overdoses and I look up and they'd taken off."