Prior to her relationship with Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love was romantically involved with another ’90s grunge icon, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.
As Alternative Nation points out, Love discussed her relationship with Corgan in an extended interview that appears on the DVD version of Brett Morgen’s Cobain documentary Montage of Heck. Specifically, she revealed that Corgan “kind of lost me” after he refused to pay for her flight.
“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 explained.
“I had a crush on Kurt, he was gorgeous, I mean he was beautiful, and enigmatic, and evasive. This was after Reading, 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. Only recently did Love and Corgan reconcile.