Trapped: Michael Hutchence with Paula Yates and their daughter Heavenly Yates first met Hutchence in during a television interview. The couple met in after Paula interviewed him on The Tube, but she was still married to Bob Geldof - the father of her three children. Michael Hutchence's half-sister Tina has claimed the rocker planned to leave girlfriend Paula Yates before he committed suicide.
She was also absent for large parts of Paula's childhood - "I used to go to bed not knowing if she'd still be there in the morning," Paula once said, describing herself as "this whining, whining, clinging child I would lie outside the toilet if she went to the loo. Before she found this out, Paula gave a prescient interview in which she said she was astonished she was ever conceived at all.
By her own account, Paula lost her virginity when she was 12, and started snorting heroin at the same age. She seemed set to be a short-lived kind of brightness, a burst of colour doomed to fizzle out.
Instead, she found purpose and security in him, and the life they built together, transforming herself from wild child to earth mother, but without losing her sense of fun; "Paula flirts with everyone," was one friend's verdict.
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And yet she delivers it with a disarming kind of dash; no self-pity, and as much humour as she can squeeze. That's because Paula was clever - far cleverer than she got credit for; "a smart girl who made a career out of pretending to be an airhead," according to one interviewer. For all her pretence of being ditzy, she would often get up at 4am to write, produced eight books as well as researching and interviewing pop stars five days a week for The Tube, once asking Diana Ross "have you ever had any fat bits?
She was also, and in reaction to her own miserable upbringing, busy creating the perfect home life, the kind of thing that comes in a catalogue for expensive baby furniture - an idealised blend of home baking, fairy lights and indoor swings, with Paula always ready to switch from perfect mother to sexpot wife.
But there too, she was astute. It has caused women untold misery and generated a million guilt-ridden insecurities. No one can have it all; nobody ever does… I suppose I do have it all, more than anyone else I know People point the finger and say 'But you're doing this, this and this, how do you reconcile it?1996 footage of Paula Yates, Bob Geldof, Michael Hutchence
She had already had several affairs, including with Rupert Everett, but with Hutchence, it was immediately, devastatingly different. They first met inwhen Paula interviewed him for The Tube.
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By then, she and Geldof had been together for 10 years - although they didn't marry until the following year - and had one daughter. Hutchence, the son of a middle-class Australian businessman, described in one school report as "Rather immature, but very pleasant," was up-and-coming as frontman of INXS, but not yet madly famous.
The flirting was obvious - afterwards, she apparently said to the INXS tour manager, "I'm going to have that boy", but not nearly as blatant as their later, famous, Big Breakfast interview, in which she says, while draped across Hutchence, "For the first time, this is a guest I want to have my leg over. For all the posturing around being a domestic goddess, she was frustrated and feeling hampered.
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She had also come to feel that Geldof was "the most controlling person. But, he was also, apparently, suffering with depression after a freak accident left him with compromised senses of taste and smell, and would later add Prozac to the list of drugs he was taking. In Paula, Hutchence saw someone funny, sexy, nurturing; the same endearing combination of rock chick and earth mother that she had always worked so well.
As for Paula, it seemed as if she saw everything she ever wanted in Hutchence - at that stage of her life anyway. Where Geldof, beneath his rock star exterior, was actually sensible, responsible, socially motivated, Hutchence was rock star through and through.
Paula later boasted that on their first date, Hutchence did "six things I was firmly convinced were illegal," one involving oysters.
She was, to put it mildly, silly for him - he called her his "soulmate"; she described him as the "Taj Mahal of crotches" - and threw herself into his world of clubs, drugs, parties and sexual experimentation.
She didn't just leave her marriage, she changed herself in fundamental ways - the boob job being the most obvious.
She was the same age as Hutchence, but that still made her older than his usual run of girlfriends. She was then in her late 30s, a mother of three, and somehow, in almost all the photos of them together, she looks agitated and guarded, not the relaxed, confident women she is in photos with Geldof. A year after the Big Breakfast interview, and in the full glare of tabloid spotlights, Paula left Bob.
That she broke his heart, there is zero doubt. He didn't try to hide it, in fact he still doesn't.
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I didn't understand then that love is not enough. Paula threw herself into her new life with Hutchence, but she wanted her daughters too - as did Hutchence, who loved the ready-made family that came with Paula - and that's where trouble started. The back-and-forth of custody arrangements went on, while Paula got pregnant and then gave birth to Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, her daughter with Hutchence, in July Fellow band member Tim Farriss, said Hutchence was angry and agitated shortly before he died.
Yates had called him from London to say she, her three other daughters and Tiger Lily would not be coming to Sydney after a custody hearing was adjourned. Farriss said Hutchence had been trying to get them all to join him in Australia for some time.
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Geldoff was reported to have received an abusive and threatening message from Hutchence just before he died, Sunday Night said. Maybe he just couldn't, he couldn't get out of her web. He formally adopted Tiger Lily in Ex-manager Chris Murphy teared up on the program when he suggested he still had some doubts whether Hutchence had committed suicide. However, he said he would "reserve his judgment" for the sake of Tiger Lily. The five surviving members of INXS traced the mental decline of Hutchence to a vicious attack on the frontman five years before his lonely death in a Sydney hotel.
Hutchence was on a night out in Denmark in August with then girlfriend Helena Christensen when he was punched by a taxi driver.
Hutchence fell to the pavement, fracturing his skull and losing his sense of taste and smell.