Courtney Love: Mel Gibson Helped Me Get Sober

Courtney Love: Mel Gibson Helped Me Get Sober
Courtney Love
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10/31/2006 AT 12:55 PM EST

Courtney Love, now clean and sober for 15 months, says she had some high-profile help on her road to recovery: Mel Gibson.

While she was doing drugs with some men in a posh Beverly Hills hotel room, Love revealed on Tuesday's Good Morning America, the leading man – who himself only recently underwent his own sobering experience – showed up along with addiction counselor Warren Boyd.

"Mel kept coming to the door with this cheesy grin going, 'Hi!'" Love said. "I just kept looking at him going, 'Blank off!' … I know him and he's a nice guy, but it just didn't matter who it was. It could have been Jesus. I didn't care."

But the others doing drugs with her recognized Gibson and left with him to get a cheeseburger – leaving Boyd alone with Love to coax her into rehab.

Love, 42, was ordered into a rehab program in August 2005 after tearfully admitting in court that she'd used drugs in violation of her probation terms. At that point, she knew it was either rehab or jail.

The previous February, Love was sentenced to three years' probation and anger management counseling after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault on a woman at the home of her former boyfriend.

Also on GMA Love admitted to interviewer Diane Sawyer that she once tried out to be a Mouseketeer, though in all likelihood her audition material scuttled her potential: a poem by poet Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide.

As far as her career now is concerned, Love is promoting a recently published memoir, Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love, and working on her new album with veteran music producer and former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, Billboard recently reported.

In her personal life, Love is determined to stay sober and be the best mom she can to her 14-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain, whose father was the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain.

"She's fantastic," Love told Sawyer, about her daughter. "She's top of her class, very popular. She hates when I say this, as a matter of fact, she corrects me. I was saying she never kissed a boy. She did kiss a boy, but it was a little kiss. And she's a great sportswoman, and just a great kid all around."

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