Kim Gordon Opens Up About Divorce, Breast Cancer

It's rare to hear such sincere honesty and openness from an icon scrutinized by the public eye, but impressing us is something Kim Gordon does best. In a recent interview the feminist punk rock star continues to prove that Gordon is a strong, classy lady we at BUST will never stop fangirling over. She's been featured in BUST numerous times over the years, so you can imagine our excitement to read about her life now, as she works with her new band to appease our hungry ears and deals with the process of her divorce with former bandmate, Thurston Moore.


Kim candidly discusses the root of the break-up, which involved Moore’s refusal to end a relationship with another woman he met after marrying Kim. "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do,” she reveals. “Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul." Yet Kim offers some advice to others experiencing depression, stating that listening to rap music helped her deal with being “traumatized.”

Kim, still killin' it this past February at Chloe Sevigny's fashion show

That wasn’t the end of her unfortunate circumstances. After admitting to the difficulties she experienced post-separation from Moore, Gordon speaks about her cancer diagnosis. She had a noninvasive form of breast cancer called DCIS, which required her to undergo a lumpectomy. Of the ordeal Gordon laments, “I’m fine; it’s literally the best you can have. I didn’t do radiation or anything, but I was like, Okay, what else is going to happen to me?" 

She’s moved on to focus intensely on her art, continuing to paint in preparation for a survey show at the White Columns gallery in NYC. She’s also been busy appearing with fellow musicians on tours and is readying for departure on her own tour for her newest band, Body/Head.

One of our favorite things about Kim is that she will always be a powerful feminist figure as she continues to project a compelling voice on current feminist issues. During the Pussy Riot controversy, she offered articulate insight into the artists’ motivation: “Women make natural anarchists and revolutionaries, because they’ve always been second-class citizens, kinda having had to claw their way up. I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men—white male corporate society. So why wouldn’t a woman want to rebel against that?” 

 When asked about the ever-popular Girls as it relates to feminism, Gordon identifies as a fan of the show, but brings up a keen observation about a scene in Season Two’s first episode, “It’s About Time.” She points out that before Marnie and Elijah have sex, Marnie denies him at first:

“It’s a mixed message about what no means,” Gordon points out. It’s part of an “ironic Williamsburg hipster” pose, she goes on, that considers political correctness kind of square. “If you’re going to do that [in Girls], you also have to—in some other instance—show that it’s not cool.”

Last, she comments on Hillary Clinton’s excellent reaction to Congress’ attacks during her hearings: “It just showed how experienced she is and how inexperienced those other guys were—she was masterful, the way she handled them. She’s a living embodiment of being pro-women.” Kim is an embodiment of pro-women in her own way, and we love her for that. We couldn’t agree more with the author who admires Kim for “her association with an era when even boys thought it was cool to call themselves feminists.” Even better, “the way the men in Gordon’s orbit—from the Beastie Boys, who played with Sonic Youth over the years, to Moore to Cobain, who was very close to Gordon—seem to have taken cues from her about how to be good men.” Fear of a female planet? Indeed.

Read the full story over at Elle!

Photos via Richard Kern, Last.FM, and Billboard

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