Paula Would Be Proud; One Daughter Is a Provocative Teenage Agony Aunt. Another Was Arrested for Being Drunk.oh Yes,even Love Child Tiger Lily Is Causing Controversy.but Four Years on from Her Drug Death
Byline: SARAH CHALMERS
DOUBTLESS it was intended to be a swipe at the commentators who have criticised her mother's Bohemian lifestyle. In a recent newspaper article, Peaches Geldof, 15-year-old daughter of Paula Yates and Bob Geldof, insisted that a young girl's desire to wear makeup was entirely natural.
'We emulate those closest to us,' she wrote, 'so Mummy dearest drinks, smokes and reads stacks of fashion and celebrity magazines, then aren't likely to turn out this way?' It was a provocative and spirited piece, reminiscent the late Paula Yates's own newspaper columns, yet insistence served only to remind readers of her own traumatic early experiences.
lived their lives against a backdrop of one of the celebrity world's bleakest narratives.
Peaches, of course - along with sisters Fifi, now 21, and Pixie, 14 - has had an unfair share of heartache.
Over an astonishing five years - beginning in 1995 with their mother's affair with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, and ending four years ago with her death from a heroin overdose - the Yates-Geldof daughters In the ensuing tangle of events, which began with that fatal attraction between Paula and Australian rock star Hutchence, there followed a bitter divorce, a custody wrangle, a lovechild and drug abuse.
The finale erupted with two ghastly deaths. First, in November 1997, Hutchence was found hanging from a door in a Sydney hotel room. Then Paula plunged into depression and began consuming drugs and alcohol to such an extent that her early death seemed inevitable.
By the time it came, in September 2000, she had not only left four daughters without a mother but with formative years very unlike the fairytale childhoods she had hoped for.
What, then, has become of those tragic youngsters, and how deep is the effect of their parents' behaviour?
In the immediate aftermath of Paula's death, Bob Geldof took in Tiger Lily, his former wife's lovechild by Hutchence.
Tiger Lily, then just four, had been alone with Paula's dead body for up to 12 hours before it was discovered. …