Rhett Hutchence tells: Michael’s daughter & our family feud

Rhett Hutchence tells: Michael’s daughter & our family feud

November 19, 2012, 6:00 amnewidea

The tragic saga of late rocker Michael Hutchence continues...

Rhett Hutchence tells: Michael’s daughter & our family feud

It’s 15 years this week since the tragic death of rock star Michael Hutchence and still his family are at war – feuding over the INXS singer’s memorabilia and his late mother’s $2 million will.

But in an exclusive interview with New Idea – out today – the charismatic singer’s younger brother Rhett says of the bitter struggle:

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"I have given up and given in."

However, he has no regrets about siding against his mum Patricia Glassop and now estranged half-sister Tina over the custody of the singer’s daughter, Tiger – who was raised by her late mum Paula Yates’ ex-husband Sir Bob Geldof.

Michael Hutchence with Paula Yates and Pixie and Peaches Geldof. Source: Getty

"She’s a smart girl, a real credit to Bob,’ says her doting uncle, who vows to ensure she receives the INXS memorabilia left to her in Patricia’s will.

"She sings and plays guitar in an all-girl band with three of her school friends. You can see she has an inkling to be on stage, which is nice."

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Since charming, sexy Michael was found dead in a Sydney hotel room at age 37, his family have endured a litany of loss.

Michael Hutchence and Kylie Minogue celebrating Michael's 30th birthday in 1990. Source: Getty

But the bitter battle between Rhett and his sister Tina – over their mother’s legacy – is perhaps the final episode in a long-running saga that has sparked headlines around the world.

"As far as I’m concerned, I do not have a sister anymore, and I am OK with that," says 50-year-old Rhett, a former heroin addict.

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"I am happy with my lot and happy in my skin."

But the father-of-three admits that contentment has been hard won.

For the full interview, see this week’s New Idea.


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  1. Celeste08:11am Friday 14th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think it's not Rhett's place to tell Tiger of her family's rift with her sisters' father. That's something that she shouldn't know about. Tiger may not want to know about the negative things. She doesn't know who Michael is?

  2. paula06:09am Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Pixie Geldof is Michael Hutchences daughter.

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  3. Lynda02:24pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yep a shocking family alright, They got rid of Paula and Tiger asap, no way they were going to let Paula have Michaels money, funny how they only cared about Tiger 3 years later. I'm glad they didn't get any off his money or get Tiger, and Tiger will be fine and make her own money. I'm sure Michael is with Paula and doing his best to stay away from his parents in his after life like he did on earth and rests in peace knowing Tiger is with Bob and her sisters.

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  4. robyn01:08pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Money! That's all it is about. Sis should earn her own and leave Tiger Lily's inheritance alone.

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  5. Wilma08:35pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    flesh and blood eh...rope around, crash into the ground...he saw it all before it begun...his only daughter kept at the hands of another man when his own family split gave him a loneliness none of us may ever know...I'm a spiritualist...Michael is watching over his daughter...mark my words...she feels him there...nothing will get between them and all with be put to rights when he lives in her on stage...I so look forward to that day and knew it was always coming... Much love to Michael and Tiger xxxxxxxx

  6. Time and Chance11:38am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    " The race goes not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.....but time and chance come to all men" Ecclesiastes

  7. Pam10:03am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I met Micheal once, and saw him around a few times, we lived in Kings Cross at the time

  8. Pam09:59am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Micheals money was stolen by the person who convinced him to hide his money in his will, and the family did fight for custody of Tiger, at least he is with his mum and dad now, and Paula

  9. Hazel09:45am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Its funny how some families who were also close once fall apart at the death of another family member.Lets hope tiger lilly does get the memrobillia of her late father as she diserves to have that.I learned to just move on and forget the rest of my family with the death of my mom 15yrs ago and i have nothing to do with any of my sibblings n feel happier

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  10. flyblownzero09:43am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i saw Gibson guitar run over by a bus it resembled the same twisted tangled mess rip mick

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