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Courtney Love's Wild 'New York Times' Interview

The singer greets a reporter naked, then apologizes via text

November 8, 2010 2:51 PM ET

She may have tried to remake her image in recent years, but Courtney Love's interview with New York Times reporter Eric Wilson lived "right up to my worst reputation," as she put it.

The The resulting article begins with a disheveled and admittedly "slightly drunk" Love giving an impromptu concert in the lobby of New York's Mercer Hotel, and then meeting Wilson and others an hour later in her hotel room? — totally naked. She then puts on a pair of pink knickers and a trench coat, and walks through the hotel's lobby with her breasts exposed.

The following day, Love apologized to Wilson via text, citing a combination of Zoloft and a cocktail. "I'm so humiliated," she wrote. "That simply isn't me. It has been, but I haven't been such a mess for quite some time. I trust you understand that our hearts can take us all to dark and ill timed places."

Photos: Check out Love's wildest meltdowns, from sucker punches to topless television appearances.

She even said she hopes Frances Bean, her estranged 18-year-old daughter with Kurt Cobain, will return to her. "I know that my daughter will come around and stop with this stuff, as long as I let it go," she said.

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The fashion community seems to be the only ones left who embrace her. Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa told the Times, "I do not look at her negatively at all. We all have baggage in life." Her friend, designed Riccardo Tisci, said, "I judge Courtney as a human being and as an artist. Sometimes she does some crazy stuff, sometimes things that make me smile, but that is Courtney Love. She is a beautiful woman, and she has her own look."

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