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Decades after Michael Hutchence's death, Tiger Lily still hasn't got a cent of her inheritance.

Tiger Lily Hutchence was just 16 months old when her father, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, passed away in November 1997.

By then, the world had already come to know the little girl who was often seen perched on the hip of her mother, Paula Yates.

But in the years since the legendary Australian performer ended his own life, the only daughter of the late INXS singer has largely managed to avoid the spotlight.

Next month, new documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence will delve into the life and relationships of the late singer.

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Richard Lowenstein, who created the documentary and directed a number of film clips for INXS, met with Hutchence’s reclusive daughter Tiger at her London apartment to show the now 22-year-old the first edit of the documentary.

Speaking to A Current Affair, the director described Tiger Lily’s thoughts on the film.

“She loved it. She was very emotionally moved by watching it,” he said.

“In fact, she said I don’t think I ever want to see that again.”

Lowenstein also admitted that despite not knowing him for long, Tiger Lily is very much like her father.

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Michael Hutchence and Tiger Lily. Image: Channel 7.
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"We spent a couple of days going out to exhibitions and things. I couldn't stop laughing. I'd be saying 'you have no idea, I used to be with your Dad and he'd say exactly the same thing as you just said' and she'd go 'tell me' and I'd tell her the stories and she was very moved by them," he said.

"No one has ever spoken to her about her Dad without some kind of agenda involved, and I just enjoyed hanging out with her and telling her how similar she was and telling her stories about what her Dad would get up to."

Lowenstein was also able to give Tiger Lily some of her father's items.

"In some of the research for the film, we'd found her Dad's old jumper and an acoustic guitar that her Dad had... I gave it to her and that really broke her up," he said.

"She'd never been given anything from her father before and so she left Melbourne airport wearing his jumper and holding his guitar."

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Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates. Image: Getty.
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In an interview with the Herald Sun, Lowenstein also shared that Tiger Lily still hasn't received money from her father's estate.

"We went to her flat to watch the documentary and it was a little squat," Lowenstein told the publication.

"I said 'Where's the money from your dad's estate?' and she said 'I've never received anything from anyone. I had a meeting once with an accountant that was so bad I didn't want to do it again," he added.

Tiger Lily was due to inherit a share of her father's estate when she turned 21 last year. So far, she reportedly hasn't received a cent.

In the interview, Lowenstein also shared that Tiger Lily was left feeling furious after Australian documentary The Last Rockstar premiered on Channel Seven back in 2017.

According to Lowenstein, Tiger Lily was upset after the documentary used private photos of herself as a small child.

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Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence with Paula's children. Image: Getty.

Before meeting Michael Hutchence, British TV host Paula Yates had three daughters – Fifi, Peaches and Pixie – with legendary Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof.

But when Yates left Geldof for the Australian icon, the world became fascinated by the couple's scandalous love story.

In the years that Michael Hutchence and British TV host Paula Yates were together, the pair were international celebrity royalty, appearing on the covers of magazines and popping up in the front rows at fashion shows.

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But only three years after Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room (which Yates claimed was auto-erotic asphyxiation gone wrong, not a suicide), friends became concerned for Yates’ wellbeing when four-year-old Tiger Lily answered the phone.

Just hours later, Yates was found dead in her Notting Hill home from an accidental drug overdose.

At just four years old, Tiger Lily was an orphan – and one of the world's most famous orphans at that.

 

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Although Hutchence's mother and sister fought to have Tiger Lily live with them in Australia, the young girl was controversially adopted by her mother's ex husband and father of her three sisters, Bob Geldof.

Tiger Lily's siblings, including Pixie Geldof, certainly weren't strangers to the spotlight, but little was seen or heard about Tiger Lily through her teenage years.

It's believed for much of Tiger Lily's younger years, she did not know that Geldof was not her biological father.

In fact, it wasn't until Hutchence's mother, Patricia Glassop, showed her granddaughter a number of old INXS music videos when she visited Australia in 2006, that Tiger Lily learned that the band's frontman was her father.

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Right up until her death, Glassop accused Geldof of doing all he could to erase Hutchence’s memory from his daughter.

In an interview at the time of the custody request Glassop said, “I think he is Satan. I think he is cruel, very cruel to keep her from her family. I am not allowed to speak to her on the phone. He’s even changed the phone number.”

Shortly before her death Glassop said in a interview, “I’ve begged and pleaded with him to let me see Tiger Lily again, but he’s turned a deaf ear. He’s treated me shabbily.”

Late last year, it was reported the 22-year-old was dating 30-year-old Nicholas Allbrook, a former member of Australian band Tame Impala.

 

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“A year since my favourite person came shnufflin into my life,” Allbrook wrote in an Instagram post last September.

Mystify: Michael Hutchence will be released in Australian cinemas on July 4.

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