Courtney Love on Dave Grohl: 'It's Time to Make Amends'

The singer reportedly made the statement after seeing a picture of Grohl during a talk at Cannes Lions

Courtney Love
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June 18, 2014 5:25 PM ET

Following a drama-free reunion with Dave Grohl at Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Courtney Love wants to resolve her differences with her late husband's bandmate. "It's time to make amends," she said, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, during a talk at Cannes Lions recently. A photo of Grohl led her to pause and make the revelation.

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Earlier this month, Grohl told The Hollywood Reporter that the hug he shared with Love at the induction ceremony was sincere. "I saw Courtney walking past [earlier in the night], and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it — we're just family," he said. "We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past, but at the end of the day we're a big family and when we hugged each other it was a real hug."

In May, Love told Pitchfork she wanted to go up to him first at the event, but was happy when they spoke backstage. "I was like, 'All right, no matter what happens, we're not going to be bitches,'" she said. "That was my attitude going in, and obviously his. Not much else needs to be said. We just both knew it was time to let it go, and we were ready to do it. It's been 20 years – we didn't even talk at the funeral."

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Love and Grohl's bad blood dates back to the late Nineties, when they formed a partnership with bassist Krist Novoselic to manage Nirvana's business dealings. Love filed a lawsuit to dissolve the company, Nirvana LLC, in June 2001, and ultimately held up the release of the box set With the Lights Out until 2004. By the end of the year, Grohl and Novoselic sued Love with the hopes of kicking her out of the partnership, calling her "irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable." This led Love to release the statement, "Kurt Cobain was Nirvana."

Love sold a significant amount of Cobain's publishing in 2006, promising at the time that any licensing of Nirvana's music would be "tasteful." Three years later, Cobain's likeness became a playable character in Guitar Hero 5, with Grohl and Novoselic saying at the time that Cobain "deserves better."

In 2011, Love wrote several scurrilous missives on her social media networks about Grohl and, during a concert, accused him of living off her husband's legacy.

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