Michael Hutchence: Ahead of Miniseries About INXS, a Look at Daughter Tiger Lily

February 7, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

After Michael Hutchence of INXS was found dead in 1997, his daughter Tiger Lily was taken care of by her mother Paula Yates.

But Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000, and Bob Geldof, Yates’ ex-husband, was given custody of the child.

The teen, now 17 years old and whose full name is Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, is getting a look for the first time in years ahead of the anticipated miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart debut on television on Sunday.

The teenager has rarely been seen in public over the years, but has been shown to share her father’s brown eyes and dark features.

She also resembles her mother in many ways. 

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(Peaches Geldof/Instagram)

INXS came to international fame in the 1980s and ’90s, touring around the world as well as their native Australia.

Their success continued after Hutchence was found dead by suicide in his hotel room in ’97, but they were never quite the same. They played their last performance in November 2012.

Tiger Lily has been spared any sort of media spotlight by Geldof, but it appears to have come at a cost.

Hutchence’s mother, Patricia Glassop, was visited in Australia just once by her granddaughter after Tiget Lily moved with the Geldofs to London in 2000.

In an interview before her death, Glassop blamed Geldof for the long separation. “I’ve begged and pleaded with him to let me see Tiger Lily again, but he’s turned a deaf ear,” she said, reported the Daily Telegraph. “He’s treated me shabbily.”

Tiger Lily was even kept from her grandmother’s funeral because of fear of the media spotlight.

“Bob thought it best to keep her out of the spotlight as much as possible, which is admirable,” Rhett Hutchence, one of Michael’s surviving siblings, told the Sydney Morning Herald at the time.

The several photos shared of Tiger Lily by Peaches Geldof, one of her half-sisters, show her blossoming in her teenage years. 

Tiger Lily was just 16 months old when Hutchence died.

The photos were shared in June 2012, meaning Tiger Lily was 15 at the time.

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