Yates met Geldof in the early days of the Boomtown Rats.They became a couple in 1976 when she flew to Paris to surprise him while the band was playing there.Chatting, talking on the phone, sending emails and getting to know new people have been very important for me and very rewarding emotionally speaking.You talk to people more that you would imagine, you confide in them more that you would expect.Yates described her childhood as lonely and isolated, as she spent much time alone at her rural house; her mother, she claimed, was absent for much of her upbringing. After the break-up of her parents' marriage in 1975, Yates lived mostly with her mother, including periods in Malta and Mallorca where she was a pupil at Bellver International College, before returning to Britain.In 1979, Yates began her career as a music journalist with a column called "Natural Blonde" in the Record Mirror, shortly after posing for Penthouse magazine.Their first daughter, Fifi Trixibelle, was born on 31 March 1983, on 13 March 1989, and Pixie Geldof on 17 September 1990.
Since January 2008 her legal full name has been Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.
I’ve been faithful to my husband for 17 years, but I had the urge to feel this rush of adrenaline again, to seduce again…
But I needed to be very discreet, because my family life makes me happy and I didn’t want to change anything to it.
During this appearance on The Tube, Yates was reportedly asked to leave Hutchence alone by the road manager of INXS when she walked up to him and said, "I'm going to have that boy." Yates was unmoved and began to show up at INXS gigs everywhere for the next few years, even bringing her daughter (Fifi Geldof).
Yates wrote in her police statement that Hutchence was "frightened and couldn't stand a minute more without his baby." During their phone conversations on the morning of his suicide he had said, "I don't know how I'll live without Tiger." Yates also wrote that Geldof had threatened them repeatedly with, "Don't forget, I am above the law".