No celebrity has displayed the bipolar, seemingly schizophrenic outrageous behavior as Courtney Love. Love’s a contradiction unto herself: part devastating trainwreck, but with a very real raw and artistic talent.
It’s a shame that Love’s fame is based, not on her incredible talent as a musician and actress, but by her ability to self-destruct before our very eyes.
All of which is why Love’s upcoming cover shot and feature in Harper’s Bazaar is not cause celebre, but appears to be rather just another Love lampooning in a long series of tabloid-like stabs.
Instead of placing the focus on Love’s comeback through an avalanche of turmoil, Harper’s focus is, as is with the case of most female successes, on Love’s weight.
Now newly svelte, Love will grace the upcoming issue of Harper’s Bazaar, parading about a new figure which has prompted rumours of anorexia. At a New York concert last month, Love even joked about the disease – taking a swig of a protein drink between songs then saying she “had to take care of my eating disorder.”
The 43-year-old singer discusses her weight loss with the magazine:
“Go check it out. All of the size 8s are gone,” said Love. “I’ve lost a lot of weight, and I have done it through being quite disciplined.”
Love says she now weighs about 139 pounds. She credits her new figure to visits to a clinic for “colonics and fasting” several times a year and two meal replacement shakes and “fish and macrobiotic food” daily.
After reading the above Associated Press story, which is dated today, I couldn’t help but vaguely remember reading some discombobulated, incoherent ramblings by Love just the other week. A quick Google search yielded the Aug. 9 story, in which Love insists she’s put on weight thanks to a diet of cupcakes.
Courtney wrote on her blog, “ive put on 10 pounds (thank you Sprinkles cupcakes wic h i must admit are overrated).[sic]
“I must point out the hypocrisy of this crazy hysteria about my weight…Noones going to mistake me for Eva Longoria, andmy god I am truly hAppy to be who an what i am with my life an dmy expirience i can do so many things help so many people and make such a beautiful clothing line too! and maybe finish this dammed sript one day.[sic]”
So, which is it? Fish and fasting, or cupcakes?
Despite her own transparent discrepancies, Love now has nothing but criticism for others in the media sporting shrunken frames.
“By the way,” she said, “I hate reading magazines where the actresses are saying, ‘Broccoli and fish, broccoli and fish.’ You liars. You bulimic liars.”
Right. And a steady diet of crack had absolutely nothing to your weight loss either, did it Courtney?
While I don’t particularly like the person that is Courtney Love –selfish druggy and negligent parent she is – I admire her as an artist and empathize with her. I truly hope that her claims of finally reaching a good, happy place are genuine.