Like rock n roll royalty, Tiger Lily is getting familiar with being hounded by the press.
Tiger Lily Geldof Hutchence presents the media with a problem.
A fresh-faced 19-year old from a prominent public family – she’s a sure-fire magazine seller. The face of a million clicks.
But Tiger Lily Geldof Hutchence is a problem because, so far in her short life, she has never played along.
She has deliberately chosen to be out of the spotlight.
“Tiger” has never wanted to be in the public arena, she has never invited media attention, her family have never exposed her to the press, she’s never courted social media fame, has never beckoned the lens of the paparazzi like so many other 19-year olds of notable lineage – she has never asked to be splashed across the gossip magazines and tabloid news sites of the world.
And yet here she is.
In the past two weeks we have seen countless pictures of the 19-year old in a purple bikini. We’ve read analysis of her “beach body,” descriptions of how she had “blossomed” and captions of her “cavorting” on a French beach.
And then there was THAT photo. The photo that depicted this 19-year old as not just a blossoming beach beauty – but as a scarlet woman.
Did you see it? It was a photo that could be interpreted in two ways. An image of Tiger Lily and the husband of her dead half sister Peaches Geldof, Thomas Cohen.
Cohen is father to Tiger’s two little nephews, Pheadra and Astala. One hand you could see the photos (which Mamamia has chosen not to publish) as a sweet moment between a brother and-sister-in law who are bonded by grief. A simple, tender embrace.
Through another lens – a twisted lens – you could see it as salacious. You could see it as bawdy and indecent. You could see her as committing some of betrayal to her late sister.
The image – of Tiger Lily embracing her 25-year old brother in-law while they were swimming was splashed across the media this week. Its accompanying text was deliberately provocative – she was “seeking comfort” in Cohen’s arms.
One report featured no less than 58 images of the bikini clad 19-year old.
She and Cohen were described as being “close” and “tactile.” She was photographed right up close to him, lips just inches from his, legs wrapped around his body.
Those who chose to comment put words to the insinuations – of course – because it was hard not to. The sub-text being that Tiger Lily was doing more than just “hugging” the father-of-two.
“I knew these two were having an affair. I could tell by their body language in all the pictures right after her death” was the tone of the comments in their hundreds underneath each and every article.