The daughter of Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates will turn her back on modelling contracts to start a new life where her loved ones’ tragedies are less famous
Bob Geldof’s step-daughter Tiger Lily is quitting the UK to study in New York.
She will turn her back on lucrative modelling contracts to start a new life in a country where her loved ones’ tragedies are less famous.
A Geldof family friend says Tiger – 18 this month – is desperate to escape the glare of publicity following the death of sister Peaches in April and is keen to do a drama degree in the US.
The youngster is the daughter of Sir Bob’s ex-wife Paula Yates and INXS rocker Michael Hutchence.
Geldof adopted her after Paula died from an overdose in 2000, three years after Hutchence had killed himself.
The Live Aid hero is said to be delighted Tiger Lily doesn’t want to be a celebrity and is off to New York – although Hutchence’s family in Australia wanted the teenager to settle there after taking her A-levels at a South London school.
A source said: “Tiger has been offered tons of money – about a million for modelling.
"Then there have been TV deals in the UK and Australia.
“But she is just not interested in being famous.
“She doesn’t want to be given a job because of who she is and who her mum and dad or stepdad are.
"She just wants to be herself.”
Tiger is horrified by what happened to her parents and to mum-of-two Peaches, 35.
The source went on: “She wants to go to New York where being a Geldof isn’t a big deal and a lot of people have forgotten who her dad is because the story isn’t constantly perpetuated by endless dramas.
“Michael’s family have been telling the Australian press they want her to go there because it’s what her dad would have wanted.
“But she just can’t deal with that. It’s all so public.”
The source added: “Tiger loves the theatre.
"She loves acting, she wants to study, she wants to learn and improve by just being any other student in a crowd who will get judged on talent alone.
“In London or Australia she’d be followed around by her name.”
Wonderful news for her! I hope she does really well.
She says been largely shut out of the family since her half brother Michael Hutchence’s untimely death 16 years ago.
And just two weeks ahead of his only daughter’s 18th birthday, Tina Hutchence has reached out to Tiger Lily to beg her to come home to Australia.
The estranged aunt penned an open letter published in this week’s edition of New Idea Magazine where she gushes about the love Michael had for his child in the hope of convincing her to return to her father’s homeland.
The note pleads with the rocker’s daughter, who has grown up in the UK with her mother Paula Yates’ ex-husband Sir Bob Geldof following the deaths of both her parents, saying her father would have wanted her to be raised in Australia.
'I know Michael would want you to visit Australia, the country he loved so much,' writes Tina.
'He made certain you had an Australian passport, and he desperately wanted you to spend your formative years here.'
Despite being half Australian, Tiger Lily has spent little time in the country.
Since being adopted as part of the Geldof clan in 2000, it is believed she made just one visit Down Under in 2006, where she spent five days with Michael’s mother Patricia Glassop.
In addition to her plea, his sister Tina also expresses how much the Australian rocker doted on his daughter in the precious months they spent together.
She describes how he looked at her with so much affection and explains how he would repeatedly tell her how much he loved her.
'You don't remember how he held you to his chest and sang in a voice so sweet and gentle until you closed your eyes and drifted off; but I do,' she wrote.
Wow! An open letter in an Australian women’s magazine, really Tina? Very classy. Hasn’t this young woman been through enough? Australia is not her home. If she wants to visit one day, she’s nearly an adult and will do so if and when she wants.