As 1,974,000 Australian’s tuned in to watch the first episode of the telemovie INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, last Sunday night, many were left wondering about Michael Hutchence’s daughter Tiger Lily, now 17, and what she’d make of the movie based on the father she’s never known.
Here’s a glimpse into the private life of Michael Hutchence’s only child.
Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily was just 16-months-old when her famous father Michael Hutchence was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Double Bay. The rocker died under tragic circumstances that day in November 1997. Tragically her mother Paula Yates died a short time later in September 2000 when Tiger Lily was just four. She was then controversially adopted by her mother’s ex husband and father of her three sisters, Bob Geldof, despite Hutchence’s mother and sister wanted her to live with them in Australia.
So how did this little girl who lost both her her fast-living parents at such a vulnerable age turn out? What does she know of her real dad and her Australian background?
By all accounts Tiger Lily has grown into a self-assured, confident young women who is incredibly close to the family that raised her and calls Bob Geldof ‘Dad’. Geldof has gone to great lengths to protect his adopted daughter from the media spotlight, even keeping her away from the funeral of her grandmother, Hutchence’s mother Patricia Glassop in 2010. She attends a private school in south London close to her home in Battersea where she lives with Geldof and his partner of 16 years, French actress Jeanne Marine. She and Jeanne-Marine are reportedly very close. She is the only child still living at home but is still very close to her three older sisters who have all moved out but live close by. Tiger Lily features prominently on the Instagram account of sister Peaches Geldof.
According to news.com.au, Tiger Lily likes drama class, singing and playing guitar. It’s been reported that once while Geldof was singing a Hutchence song she said, ‘my real dad’s a better singer than you, Dad’. We’re sure that went down well.
It was just two years ago that rare pictures of her were released on Instagram by her sister Peaches and boy, does she look like her father.