The se­cret life of late rocker Michael Hutchence re­vealed


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On the eve of the 20th an­niver­sary of INXS star Michael Hutchence’s tragic death, a re­veal­ing new doc­u­men­tary about the leg­endary Aussie icon has un­cov­ered pre­vi­ously un­seen footage and mov­ing in­ter­views that open up his per­sonal life like never be­fore.

Fea­tur­ing un­seen home videos, pic­tures from his per­sonal photo al­bums, confessions from a se­cret girl­friend and cap­ti­vat­ing tales from his near­est and dear­est, Chan­nel 7’s world ex­clu­sive Michael Hutchence: The Last Rock­star is the re­sult of an 18-month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mes­meris­ing mu­si­cian’s in­ti­mate world.

‘It was ex­tra­or­di­nary how eclipsed you could feel around him,’ says Du­ran Du­ran lead singer Simon Le Bon, re­mem­ber­ing his friend in the two-part spe­cial. ‘We liked hav­ing fun, girls, par­ty­ing and


drugs… There were in­cred­i­ble women and they were just in­ter­ested in Michael – he had an in­cred­i­ble sex­ual charisma.’

While it’s no se­cret the INXS front­man lived the ul­ti­mate rock star’s life­style sur­rounded by sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, the rev­elry came with a hefty price tag, says the band’s bar­ris­ter and co-ex­ecu­tor of Michael’s es­tate, Colin Di­a­mond.

Breaking his si­lence for the first time since the singer’s death, Colin fondly re­calls the time Michael racked up an as­ton­ish­ing $48,000 bill af­ter a sev­eral-day ben­der. ‘He def­i­nitely en­joyed him­self,’ Colin laughs, adding that the party-lov­ing rocker ‘spent $1.10 on ev­ery dollar he made’.

Many of his friends, in­clud­ing band­mate Jon Far­riss’ ex-wife Les­lie Bega, agree that Michael was the life of the party. ‘He had a cheeky sense of hu­mour,’ Les­lie shares, re­veal­ing that the su­per­star had an arse­nal of ‘wild ac­cents’ that would leave ev­ery­one around him in hys­ter­ics.

Michael’s half-sis­ter Tina Hutchence of­fers a snap­shot of the man be­fore he found fame, ad­mit­ting she was sur­prised upon see­ing his first live per­for­mance. ‘My quiet-spo­ken brother be­came this [other] per­son on the stage… it blew me away,’ she ex­plains.

Ap­par­ently, the me­gas­tar over­came his shy­ness by ditch­ing his con­tact lenses be­fore


each gig – which meant he couldn’t see be­yond the first three rows of the crowd!

Need­less to say, the Devil In­side singer’s stage pres­ence was un­de­ni­able – even Mick Jag­ger was im­pressed. Ac­tress Peta Wilson re­mem­bers tak­ing the Rolling Stones rocker to watch Michael in concert and was in dis­be­lief when he started tak­ing notes. ‘I was like, “What are you do­ing? He’s do­ing you!”’ She says Mick then turned to her and said, ‘ Yeah, but he’s do­ing me bet­ter than I do!’

Ad­mir­ers were just a part of life for the front­man, who was rarely seen with­out a stun­ning woman on his arm. Band­mate Kirk Pengilly in­sists Michael ‘def­i­nitely cor­rupted’ one-time girl­friend Kylie Minogue, who ‘po­litely de­clined’ to be part of the doc­u­men­tary. For­mer model Rosanna Crash, or ‘Johnny Cash’ as was her co­de­name in Michael’s in­ner cir­cle, does speak for the first time, though. While she says he was a ‘great boyfriend’ dur­ing their three years to­gether in the late ’80s, she did discover one par­tic­u­lar flaw in his char­ac­ter – he was bad at breaking up.

‘He would love you till the bit­ter end and then be gone and that’s it, but not tell you that… He’d say, “Oh, I’ll see you”, then get on a plane, [call you] and say, “We’re not to­gether any­more.” And you go, “Wow, re­ally?”’

Ac­cord­ing to loved ones, Michael’s big­gest heart­break oc­curred in 1992 while in Copen­hagen with supermodel girl­friend He­lena Chris­tensen. He was at­tacked by a taxi driver and frac­tured his skull, which re­sulted in an al­most com­plete loss of his sense of taste and smell. It marked the be­gin­ning of the star’s down­ward spi­ral.

‘He was prob­a­bly one of the most sen­sual hu­man be­ings I’ve ever known,’ says Les­lie, ex­plain­ing that the loss of his two senses af­fected him deeply.

Tina re­calls the dev­as­tat­ing phone call she had with her brother af­ter the birth of his and Paula Yates’ daugh­ter Heav­enly Hi­raani Tiger Lily in July 1996. ‘[Michael] said, “You know what? I can’t smell her.” [And] that just broke my heart,’ she says.

The mu­si­cian was be­sot­ted with his only child, as seen in a pre­vi­ously un­re­leased home video that shows him play­ing with the tot on his bed (cov­ered with an Aussie flag!). Fam­ily snap­shots, which Colin has kept pri­vate un­til now, also of­fer a glimpse at the de­voted fa­ther and his lit­tle girl, now 21, in the short time he had with her be­fore he took his own life when Tiger was just 16 months old.

An emo­tional Colin sums up the sad truth as he shares the images en­trusted to him. ‘Any­one who sees the photos can tell he was proud of her… We just didn’t know he would be robbed of a life with her.’

Watch Michael Hutchence: The Last Rock­star Mon­day and Tues­day, 7.30pm on Chan­nel 7

The INXS star lived a full life be­fore he was found dead in his Dou­ble Bay ho­tel room in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 22, 1997

Michael and Kylie Minogue dated be­tween 1989 and 1991. ‘He changed her im­age, he sexed her up and loved see­ing the change,’ re­veals pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Simp­kins

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