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Courtney Love Dumped Billy Corgan Partly Because He Wouldn’t Pay for Her Plane Ticket

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Before Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain officially became an item in 1991, she and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan were romantically entangled. Now, in an extended interview on the DVD version of the Cobain documentary Montage of Heck (via Alternative Nation), Love reveals that Corgan “kind of lost me” after he refused to buy her a plane ticket home from Europe.

“When [Kurt and I] were still platonic, I was on the ferry, Billy Corgan would not pay for my flight back from Roskilde, and Nirvana had played with the Pumpkins at that show, so I was on the ferry with the Nirvana guys,” Love said. “I had a crush on Kurt, he was gorgeous, I mean he was beautiful, and enigmatic, and evasive. This was after Reading (Festival). But I still was dating and sleeping with Billy Corgan, but he kind of lost me at this moment. This wasn’t the moment that he specifically lost me, that would be about six to eight months later, but he kind of lost me at this moment.’”

Love and Cobain began dating in the fall of 1991 and married in February 1992. It wasn’t until 2014 that she and Corgan reconciled.

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