On June 15th, 1989, the divorce of Courtney Love and James Moreland was finalized. Actually, it wasn’t so much a divorce as it was an annulment. The couple’s marriage ended after only three months, and for the most part, the first marriage of the wife of Kurt Cobain’s widow has been wiped away from history.
But if you dig down into that rabbit hole, you can find some information about the marriage and Falling James Moreland, less known as the cross-dressing frontman for The Leaving Train and more known as Love’s first husband, who also produced the first single on Hole’s debut album, “Retard Girl.”
It wasn’t a happy marriage, as if often the case when young, drunken drug-abusers get married in Las Vegas on a dare (Moreland had apparently dared Love to marry him. She took him up on the offer, but always considered their relationship a joke, though Moreland decidedly did not).
The official reason for their divorce was irreconcilable differences, but the official reason never tells the whole story. Apparently, Love was pregnant with Moreland’s child but, because of her drug abuse, was forced to have an abortion. “I”ll never forgive her for that,” Moreland stated.
There were other problems, naturally, according to Moreland:
She definitely has an evil side. She once tried to burn my bed when I was sleeping. A fire started and I woke up in shock. It’s impossible to figure out Courtney’s motives. Her disdain was powerful, and she came off as a spoiled little snot… Courtney is a violent person who, even in the midst of our anonymous, crummy, poverty-stricken little marriage, threatened to have me beaten up for two hundred dollars when I didn’t do what she wanted. I was so scared of her I caved in immediately.
In 1997, seven years after the divorce, Moreland told The New York Press that Love was a “right-wing Phyllis Diller,” a homophobic conservative that “threatened to have me beaten up when I didn’t do what she wanted.”
Long after the annulment, Love called it the “stupidest thing I ever did,” while Moreland contended that “most people would want to kill themselves just waking up to her.”
Not exactly the most tasteful choice of words for Moreland, who made that comment after Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
Source: FuckYeahCourtneyLove and Courtney Love: The Real Story.