It was only last year that the relationship between Courtney Love and her husband Mike Love, known as The King and The Queen, was made public, and now, nearly four years later, Love is taking her own life.
Love, 43, had battled depression, anxiety and postpartum depression for the past three years.
And in the wake of her passing, her longtime manager, David Aronoff, announced that the couple will donate their wealth and estate to a mental health charity.
In a statement, Love’s longtime manager said: “Courtney was not the perfect person, but she was loved and respected.
She will be remembered for her strength, kindness and honesty.
We are heartbroken for her family, friends and fans.
Courtney was loved.
We all are.”
But in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Love said she felt her husband’s absence from the public eye was because of his illness.
She said: ‘I’m a strong woman.
I am not a coward, I am a strong person.
I just couldn’t accept what my husband was doing.
‘He was a loving, caring man and he was an amazing dad, and he didn’t feel like he could live with that.
And that’s the part I have to work through now.
I’m still grieving, and I’m not letting go.’
Love had been working on a new album and was set to tour with her band, the Black Angels, in the spring.
Her longtime manager revealed to Oprah that the album had been pushed back due to her mental health.
He said: It’s been pushed by her doctor.
And because she’s suffering from depression, she’s not doing that.
She’s not making a decision, she has to get her own opinion.
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and spent nearly a year in the hospital.
The couple, who married in 2005, divorced in 2010.
The singer told Oprah that her husband suffered from a severe case of bipolar disorder.
‘I knew I had to make a choice,’ she said.
‘If you can’t do something, you don’t do it.’
In a video interview with Vogue in 2015, Love admitted that she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the amount of attention her illness received and had been struggling to find a way to balance her career with her happiness.
‘We all have a right to do this.
You are not a person with mental illness or a criminal.
You have a job and you’re a mother, you’re an American, you’ve got a baby.
‘You don’t have to make decisions for your health and your life,’ she continued.
‘But you have a responsibility to your kids and your family.
And I think if I can find a path to do that, then that’s a choice I have.’
Oprah said that she had been ‘overwhelmingly overwhelmed’ by how much love and support Love had received.
‘People have been saying, ‘Courtney, how can you do this?
What have you done for the world?’
She added that it had been incredibly hard for Love to come to terms with the fact that her marriage was ending.
‘And she was trying to be a person who could help people, and it just didn’t seem to be working.
‘She’s a great person, she was a great wife.
She had the best time in the world.
She lived the happiest life of her life.
And it’s hard to reconcile that.’
In 2016, Love, who had been married to her husband since 2004, was diagnosed in August with a rare form of bipolar illness.
The diagnosis was initially treated as a case of postparturition psychosis, but the condition was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder with borderline personality disorder.
The condition is not recognised as a psychiatric illness, and is classified as a severe mental illness.