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Patricia Glassop speaks to the BBC's Nicky Campbell
"He never had problems before he met Paula"
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Tina Hutchence
"He couldn't handle all the in-fighting"
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Tina Hutchence and Patricia Glassop
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Tuesday, 31 October, 2000, 14:30 GMT
Hutchence mother blasts Yates
Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence
Hutchence "lost his elegance" after meeting Yates
Michael Hutchence's mother Patricia has told the BBC her son would still be alive if he had never met his partner Paula Yates.

Patricia Glassop told BBC Radio 5Live's Nicky Campbell that the INXS singer, who was found dead in a Sydney hotel in 1997, had "lost his elegance" after meeting Yates, who herself died in September.

Ms Glassop, who is in the UK with her daughter Tina to promote their book about Hutchence, Just A Man, said that although he had taken drugs in the past, it was only after Yates came into his life that they became a problem.

Asked if things would be different if he had never met Paula, she said: "I think he'd still be alive today, I really do. He never had problems beforehand, he never had a deep drug problem before Paula.

Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence was found dead nearly three years ago
"He was put in the middle of something he was never equipped to be in - that fight between Paula and Bob."

A coroner said Hutchence committed suicide because he was suffering from depression, caused in part by a custody battle between Yates and her former husband Bob Geldof over the three children they had together.

Ms Glassop added: "If you look at old pictures, you'll notice how much he changed. He lost his elegance, his head was dropped and he disliked himself for what he'd become."

Tina Hutchence said Michael had called his mother seven months before he died to say he "couldn't carry on".

"He saw a psychiatrist and said he couldn't handle the infighting that was going on between Bob and Paula."

I am the grandmother, I am the one suffering here, Paula never suffered

Patricia Glassop
She added: "Paula had many, many personalities - and I met about six of them."

Yates always refused to accept Hutchence had killed himself, and maintained he had died accidentally while performing a sex act.

Ms Glassop said of her: "She didn't care what the press say about her as long as she was in the press.

"If you loved somebody that much you wouldn't say he died from an auto-erotic... whatever it was.

Paula Yates with her daughter Tiger Lily
Hutchence's mother now wants custody of Tiger Lily
"She didn't believe Michael had no intention of marrying her, that was her nasty way of getting back at him."

She added: "I am the grandmother, I am the one suffering here, Paula never suffered."

Tiger Lily is being cared for by Bob Geldof in London, alongside her three half-sisters.

But the women - who said they found Geldof "a lovely man" - want custody of the four-year-old.

"The closest sister to her is 10 years old. She needs to bond with one adult who will be there for the rest of her life. That's not her sisters' job," said Ms Glassop.

Answering a phone-in caller's accusation that the women had "destroyed their dignity" by writing the book, Ms Glassop said: "I think Tiger Lily would be disgusted by the other books which have come out and the things which have appeared in newspapers. We needed to set things straight."

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