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Courtney Love may be turning 50 next month, but her outlook on life remains firmly in the IDGAF mode. Style.com's Alex Catarinella sat down with the '90's rocker to probably talk about things like clothes and the future of Hole, but ended up getting into a serious discussion on the addictive powers of food, her rank as one of Net-A-Porter's top American clients, and Love's undying hatred of flower crowns, among other things.
In the interview, Love opened up about an overwhelming cheese addiction. "If you Google me and cheese, I did a whole series of interviews back in the nineties about me and cheese, and here we are talking about cheese again," said Love. "It's the enemy, it makes you fat! I can't stop! I'm really picky about my cheese. If I'm gonna put it in my body, I wanna make sure it's really good and not fucking Velveeta or something."
But she's trying to kick the habit before going back on tour because the cheese-centered weight gain is real. In fact, the gain led her to try the Atkins diet and she is now a full supporter of the plan—although it did wreak havoc on her body odor. "When I was hitting 192 pounds, I was posing for Italian Vogue. They Photoshopped the fat away. I didn't even realize how fat I was. Once I got on the scale, I was like, "Oh, my God, this calls for emergency measures. Where's the Atkins?" said Love. "It works completely. You can do it maybe five times in your life, but that's about it. That's all your kidneys can take. It absolutely works, but it just makes you stinky and gross and vile. You can't have sex. Your breath stinks. I did it in rehab in 2006 and lost 30 pounds off of it. I needed to lose that weight."
As far as shopping goes, you won't see her in a mall anytime soon. "I hate shopping, so I order off of Net-a-Porter," Love told Catarinella. "A girl interviewed me for their magazine—this is so awful—she said, "You're a legend at Net-a-Porter. You're one of the top five American clients for buying."'
Love just produced a new music video for "You Know My Name" in which she lays waste to a hotel room full of sparkly, girly things. Catarinella asked her about the idea behind the video, which lead Love on a tirade against flower crowns. "I'm gonna say something, and I'm gonna stand by it, which is this: Flower crowns are over. Fuck flower crowns. If I see one more fucking flower crown, I'm going to kick someone's ass," said Love. "[...] Flower crowns are fucking dead. I got thrown a flower crown from an audience member the other day, and I just looked at it and it was plastic flowers and I was like, "Nooo! God." At Coachella, how many fucking boys were wearing flower crowns? They're done!"
Courtney Love at Coachella in 2013. Image via Vogue Spain
Speaking of Coachella, when asked about a possible Hole reunion, Love was adamant about getting back on the festival circuit. "We'll get all of the festivals and stuff. I don't know if we'll get Coachella or not. They can fucking put the worst band in the world at Coachella for three years and no one will catch on," Love told Catarinella. "It's just a social gathering now—at this point it's Burning Man. I've gone two years. I hate it because I'm not playing, so if I'm not playing, what the fuck am I doing there?"
On the other hand, if Love decides to start designing clothes, she is aiming for Victoria Beckham-level success and nothing below. "To be honest with you, I love fashion, but if I have five years and I could do anything, I prefer to go to Harvard and get an education, and then also pattern-cutting on the side so I can make my own fucking clothes," said Love. "I don't think Harvard has a pattern-cutting course, so…My point was, I want to be at the same level Victoria Beckham is at and the same level that L'Wren [Scott] was at—God bless."
Love on the cover of Dazed & Confused's Jan. 2010 issue. Image via
Borrowing other designers' clothing hasn't always been an easy experience for Love. "I was doing the cover of Dazed & Confused, and there was a Prada dress—the kind of iconic one made out of chandelier crystals. But I couldn't use it because Gaga needed it," said Love. "It's happened to me before, though. When Jennifer Lopez was in her height of movie stardom, she was the only person who was allowed to wear Valentino and/or Dolce for the entire award show season. We were kind of friendly and I met her for brunch. And apparently she told them, "Courtney can wear whatever she wants," which was really nice of her."
In fact, the circus of the fashion industry is something that Love rarely bothers with. "I understand why Anna Wintour has the same hair and sunglasses, because it's just simple. Keep it simple or else you're gonna drive yourself insane," said Love. "[...] I've been in this business for twenty-five years. Some journalist said to me the other day that she thought I was addicted to fame, and I was like, "Are you fucking kidding me?" If it's not about the music, about the product I'm putting out, the acting, then I'm not interested."
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