I feel lucky that I'm a member of a generation that doesn't care being about 40. To be honest, it's a miracle I've made it at all
During the 1980s, Paula Yates was one of the most familiar faces on British TV. After a brief spell in journalism, she first made her name alongside Jools Holland, Muriel Grey and others as one of the presenters of The Tube an edgy cult music show on the then-newly launched Channel 4.
She was already becoming known for her relationship with Boomtown Rats frontman, Bob Geldof. The couple married in 1986. They had four children together, but in the 1990s, the marriage fell apart as Paula got together with INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Paula had conducted a famously flirtatious interview with the Australian singer while hosting *The Big Breakfast’ in 1994. Many assumed their relationship started there: in fact it was already well established by then.
Paula had endured a lonely childhood, growing up in Wales. Her final years were stormy, Hutchence dying mysteriously in 1997 and Paula learning that she was the daughter of onetime Opportunity Knocks host Hughie Green, soon after his death that same year.
Paula herself died following an accidental heroin overdose in 2000. Friends and fans remembered her for her quick wit, charisma and attitude that had always made her TV appearances such fun to watch.