Rock Icon Officiates Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Frances Bean’s Wedding

Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, recently tied the knot with Riley Hawk in a wedding ceremony presided over by Michael Stipe.

It has been reported by TMZ that the pair married earlier this month, on October 7, having obtained their marriage license in September in San Diego County.

Public Announcement Of Their Relationship

Frances and Riley have been together since at least January 2021. The couple made their relationship known to the public in January 2022 with an Instagram post shared by Cobain. The photo collection included pictures of Cobain, her art, and her dogs, as well as two photos of Hawk. One shows him with Cobain’s dog, Tiny Tim, and the other shows them all together on a boat, including Riley’s parents.

Cobain wrote the following to explain her break from social media:

“I took a year-long break from posting on Instagram, which was exceptionally good for my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. 2021 brought me more into the present moment than I’ve ever been, which I’m deeply grateful for. I wanted to share a few moments that were captured / created this past year that brought me a great amount of joy.”

Previous Marriage Of Frances Bean

This is Frances’ second marriage but Riley’s first. Back in March 2016, she filed for divorce from her first husband, musician Isaiah Silva, after a marriage that lasted less than two years.

They had a dispute over ownership of one of Cobain’s guitars during the divorce. Frances had to part with her late father’s iconic 1959 Martin D-18E guitar, which he used in his MTV Unplugged performance in November 1993, as part of the settlement.

The Former R.E.M. Frontman’s Link To Frances

Speaking of Stipe’s connection to Frances, the singer is her godfather, and her godmother is Drew Barrymore. The vocalist was a good friend of Kurt Cobain, making him even more connected to Frances as her godfather. The rocker played a role in caring for Frances after her father’s death, and they maintain a strong bond to this day.

For Cobain, Stipe was like a mentor, an older brother, and a peer in the alternative rock scene all at once. He looked up to Michael for guidance on dealing with fame, pressure, and creative choices. Stipe also helped his friend out of a difficult time by trying to create a positive environment to save Kurt from his depression and heroin use.

Riley’s father, Tony Hawk, is a retired famous skateboarder and the owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse. Riley has continued his father’s legacy in skateboarding, but he’s also pursued his own musical interests as the frontman of the punk band Warish. He turned professional as a street skater in 2013 and even earned the title of Skateboarder Magazine’s Amateur of the Year in the same year.