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I'm disgusted by Geldof, says Tiger Lily's grandma

Bob Geldof has been branded "disgusting" by the mother of late INXS rocker Michael Hutchence for allegedly refusing to let her see her granddaughter.

Patricia Glossop begged Geldof to let her see her 13-year old granddaughter Tiger Lily, whom he adopted after her mother, his ex-wife Paula Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000.

And Patricia, who is claiming to have only seen her granddaughter once since her son's death, criticised the Live Aid organiser for not letting her have more contact with the teen.

"I haven't seen her for years. I think the situation's disgusting but that's the type of man Bob is. Of course it would help me if I see her. More than anything, I want to see her one last time.

"It's hard enough missing Michael so much but I have lost her too. She has biological family and I am her biological grandmother.

"I don't know why Bob has created this situations. It's hard to understand. I won't continue arguing with Bob about this. I'm too tired to fight now," she said from her home on Australia's Gold Coast.



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Ms Glassop said she feared that she wouldn't see Tiger Lily ever again, as she now lives with her legal guardian and half sisters Fifi Trixibelle (26), Peaches (20) and Pixie (18) in London.

"I don't know what Tiger Lily's favourite colour is, what movies she likes or what fashion she's into," she said. "I don't know anything, yet she is my son's daughter."

She claims that she was only permitted to see Tiger Lily once, in 2006, when she was allowed to visit for five days, but on condition she brought a nanny.

"At night she'd jump into bed with us and snuggle up. It was like she was lonely and just wanted to get as close as she could to her real family.

"I put on a video one day of Michael singing and after she watched it, she turned to me and said, 'Now I know who my real daddy is', it was heart-breaking." Two years ago, she alleged that Geldof cut off all ties between the two and she blasted him as "Satan" for not letting the teen see her grandfather when he was dying.

"I explained that Ross was seriously ill but I never heard back. Now it's too late. I don't understand how any man could do that.

"It's not only hurting us, it's hurting Tiger Lily," she said.

Geldof was not available for comment on the issue.

cmcbride@herald.ie


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