Kurt Cobain Questions Identity in Resurfaced 1993 Interview
Kurt Cobain was unquestionably the voice of the ’90s grunge movement. After ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ became a ubiquitous presence on radio and MTV, Generation X’ers felt they could relate to the Nirvana frontman and vice versa, but like many in the millions of teens that worshiped him, Cobain had gone through some of the same identity struggles earlier in his life.
In a rediscovered interview from the summer of 1993, Kurt Cobain tells acclaimed rock writer Jon Savage that he had questioned his sexuality in the past.
Featured in the PBS series ‘Blank on Blank,’ the late singer addressed the question of whether or not he was, in fact, gay. “Yeah, I even questioned if I was gay,” he said. “I thought that might be the solution to my problem. Although I never experimented with it, I had a gay friend although my mother wouldn’t allow me to be friends with him anymore because well, she’s homophobic.”
He continued, “It was really devastating because finally I found a male friend who I actually hugged and was affectionate to, and we talked about a lot of things.”
Cobain also talked his parents’ divorce, finding his Irish heritage and how he didn’t quite fit in at school.
“You know I felt so different and so crazy that people just left me alone,” he admitted in the beginning of the interview. “I always felt that they would vote me most likely to kill everyone at a high school dance.”
While that’s a statement that would hardly be taken lightly these days, Cobain did nothing but be himself and speak from his gut. And that’s why we still revere him till this day.