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Courtney Love reverts to her real name

Courtney Love / Michelle
The singer and actress lost custody of her daughter last year

Rock star Courtney Love has decided to stop using her stage name, claiming "Courtney Love is dead".

"We've all decided we don't like her any more," the Hole singer told The NME magazine.

"We love her when she goes onstage, but I don't need her in the rest of my life," she added.

Asked how she would prefer to be addressed in the future, the star replied: "Courtney Michelle. The name Courtney Love is a way to oppress me."

The singer and actress was born Courtney Michelle Harrison.

The 45-year-old is back on the road with her band, Hole, who release a new album, Nobody's Daughter, later this month.

'So alone'

She also told the NME she was "sick" of answering questions about her marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

"I am not his spokesperson on Earth," she said.

"I don't know what he'd be like now, he could be into society girls, he could be into fat girls, he could be homosexual. We don't know, he died at 27."

The singer also admitted she felt isolated after losing custody of her daughter, Frances Bean, at the end of last year.

"I'm ultimately a widow and a single mother, who's not even getting to be a mother right now. I am so alone, it's freaky."

Seventeen-year-old Frances was placed under the temporary guardianship of her grandmother, court papers released in December revealed.

No reason was given for the decision.

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