Paula Yates recalled how 'everything vanished' after finding out Hughie Green was her father

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Unearthed tapes aired in a new Channel 4 documentary on Paula Yates have revealed how the TV presenter hit her 'lowest point' after the death of her partner Michael Hutchence and the revelations surrounding her biological father.  

The Big Breakfast presenter, who died of a heroin overdose at her Notting Hill apartment in 2000, opened up about the pain of learning her biological father was not Yorkshire TV producer Jess Yates in tapes recorded in 1997 and unearthed for Channel 4's Paula. 

A DNA test Paula took in December 1997 confirmed that her biological father was in fact controversial presenter Hughie Green, whom she loathed. 

In the tapes, a forlorn-sounding Yates admitted that she was so sure the test would prove Jess Yates was her father that she joked with her lawyers before being handed the results. 

The news, which was a blow for the presenter, happened just mere weeks after her partner Michael Hutchence, the frontman of the Aussie band INXS, was found dead at his Sydney residence in November of the same year. 

Big Breakfast presenter Paula Yates, who died from an accidental overdose in 2000, found herself 'at her lowest point' after it was revealed that her biological father was Hughie Green just mere weeks after the death of her partner Michael Hutchence in 1997. Pictured with Hutchence and their daughter Tiger Lily in 1996

The claims that Hughie Green could be Paula's biological father were published in the now defunct News of the World in an article by Noel Botham, a long-time friend of Hughie Green, who died in May 1997. 

The article was released only a few days after Michael Hutchence's funeral, Paula's friend Belinda Brewin recalled in the final episode of the two-part Channel 4 documentary, which aired this evening. 

'When you think it couldn't have gone any worse, it absolutely got to the worst point possible,' she said. 

Paula's mother, author Heller Toren, denied ever having an affair with Hughie Green and told Belinda that the article was 'an outrage,' adding 'they shouldn't be able to say this.'

Paula was determined to sue the News of the World over the article, telling Belinda: 'We're gonna sue, I told you Hughie is not my father, Jess Yates was my father and he will always be my father.'

She agreed to do a DNA test to disprove the claims made in the article, however, the test instead confirmed that Green was indeed her biological father.  

In the unearthed tapes, Paula could be heard saying: 'I had no idea, that was the thing. I mean I wouldn't have done the DNA had I been kind of forewarned, but I wasn't.

'So I did the DNA thinking that I would certainly at least just be able to defend my father,' she added. 

Controversial presenter Hughie Green was revealed to be Paula's biological father via a DNA test after his death in 1997 

'The results went to my lawyers, and I made a joke, feeble, pathetic one and went "ahahahah so Hughie Green's my father", and he went "actually Paula could you sit down cos he is",' she recalled.

'So it was like, everything in the space of a week vanished, I mean literally vanished,' the distraught presenter could be heard saying. 

Martin Townsend, who recorded the 1997 conversation with Paula, said in the Channel 4 programme: 'I described it at the beginning of that as a blow on a bruise, because this is what it felt like to me.

'She'd lost Michael and shortly afterwards, this. It almost seemed like some unknown force was making life absolutely awful for her,' he added. 

'That was the first time where I genuinely began to worry a bit about her and about how things might go for her, because I just thought "where do you go from here?",' he added. 

Meanwhile, Belinda said: 'I think life was pretty horrendous at that time and it was probably her lowest, lowest point.

'And then she started to take Prozac, she'd take Valium, a lot of the time I thought that she might never be the same again, I think she felt that too,' she added. 

At the time of the DNA result's publication, Paula told The Sun: 'I'm horrified. I thought I was at the darkest point in my life - now this.'

Yates (pictured in 1991) was one of the most famous women in the UK at the height of her popularity but behind the scenes, her life was turbulent

Paula, aged 15, pictured with Jess Yates, who she thought was her father until 1997, when it was revealed she was the biological daughter of Hughie Green

After the DNA results were released, she also told The Mirror she had 'always loathed' Hughie Green, whom she held responsible for wrecking Jess Yates' TV career. 

'To learn your real father is a man you have always despised is beyond comprehension,' she said. 'I loved Jess and never believed for one moment that the accusations made at Hughie Green's funeral could be true - not for one second.'

The documentary retraces Paula's rise to fame as well as the later years of her life, following the death of her partner, Michael Hutchence. 

The presenter could be heard saying that the public were 'waiting for [her] to die' in the previously unheard tapes recorded shortly after the death of her partner that were unearthed for the programme. 

Later in the interview she revealed in heartbreaking detail the 'physical pain' of losing Michael and recalled how she tucked in his body with a duvet when she went to see him in the mortuary, while commenting on how the press and the public were expecting her not to make it through her grief.

Clips of Townsend and Yates speaking, which were played in the two-part documentary, feature a particularly upsetting moment when she says: 'It's kind if a weird feeling that everyone's waiting for you to die,' she says.

She later tells Townsend that, when she saw Hutchence's body in the mortuary, she asked the staff to bring her a duvet for his 'ice' cold body and 'tucked him in'.

Another chilling moment comes when she recalls being in London and telling Hutchence, who was in Sydney, that she and their infant daughter were delaying their return to Australia amid a court battle with her ex-husband Bob Geldof.

She recalls turning to her barrister and saying: 'This will kill him.' Shortly afterwards, Hutchence was found dead. 

During the tapes, she also speaks in detail of her relationship with Hutchence, lead singer of INXS.

She says: 'I'd probably changed a lot when I was with Michael because once I was with him, the need to flirt - which had been the cornerstone of my personality, certainly the thing I was most famous for - evaporated. Why would I? I was with Michael.'

Paula Yates (pictured in 1996 with her partner Michael Hutchence and their daughter, Heavenly Haraani Tiger Lily) revealed in previously unheard tapes that she was inclined to drop her 'stupid girly tricks' after meeting the lead singer of INXS, after which time the 'need to flirt evaporated'

The presenter also addressed going back to work after having four children, Pixie, Peaches and Fifi Trixibelle with Bob Geldof and Heavenly Haraani Tiger Lily with Hutchence. She revealed how she considered her changed personality.

'I didn't have all those stupid girly tricks to fall back on anymore because they'd kind of gone,' she reveals.

'I was pushing 40, four children, very very happy. I was kind of curious what it would be like working again without all that stuff.'

The documentary charts Yates' TV career which began on Channel 4's The Tube in 1982 when the station first launched, and landed her a top presenting spot on Big Breakfast, where she interviewed famous guests on a bed. 

It features interviews with Townsend, who had known Paula since her music magazine days, as well as some of her closest friends and commentators.

Belinda Brewin, who describes Paula as her 'best friend' from the early 1980s, reveals what life was like for one of the UK's most famous women behind the scenes when she was at the height of her popularity, versus when things began to unravel. 

She says: 'Michael [Hutchence] was her love... well she never got over [his death].

'I don't think people do, they just learn to live with it. Paula didn't really learn to live with it, that was the problem. It was a big black cloud every single day.'

Paula Yates in Milan in 1997 with Michael Hutchence and daughters Tiger Lily and Peaches

She also reveals she was the person who broke the news to Yates that he had died.

'She just said, 'No, no, no' and literally punched me and said, 'Don't say it, don't say it',' Brewin recalled. 

In the tapes of Yates speaking after Hutchence's sudden death, she says she was 'shocked' by the physical pain of losing him. 

'It literally does feel like someone's punched you or broken something you know? Your heart actually breaks... you can feel all the time this pain,' she says.

As clips are played of Yates's first meeting with the Australian singer on the Big Breakfast bed, with their legs intertwined, Brewin jokes the pair got together 'five minutes' later - before laughing and saying: 'No, no.'

She also reveals Yates had had a crush on the INXS frontman for some time before meeting him.

She recalls: 'She, for years had a picture of Michael on the fridge and it said Lovedog and Bob came down, and I think he wrote c*** across his picture.'

As the documentary follows Paula's life after her split from Bob Geldof, people close to her, including Brewin, level criticism at the press for their coverage of the divorce and the bitter custody battle that ensued over their three daughters.

As Townsend recalls how the media sided with 'Saint Bob' during the split, clips are played from an appearance made on BBC panel show Have I Got News For You where Ian Hislop and Paul Merton make jokes about her having breast implants. 

The audio also features Yates telling Townsend she was 'under siege' from the paparazzi following a 'drugs bust' on the London home she shared with Hutchence, and his death in 1997. 

It is revealed that, as she flew out to Australia to identify Hutchence's body, some journalists who had booked onto the same flight asked her for comment while she was on the plane. Belinda described how the scrutiny became even worse for Paula just weeks later when a DNA test revealed her father was not Jess Yates, but Hughie Green.

Many of the commentators including Vanessa Feltz and Grace Dent point to misogyny in the public attitude towards Yates as she approached the age of 40.

Dent tells the documentary: 'All of the things that made Paula so loveable when she was in her 20s, the fact that she was gobby... all of those things, when she got into her late 30s, they were no longer attractive to lots and lots and lots of men.'

However, despite covering much of the pain in Yates's private life, the documentary also focuses on happier times, with Yates recalling many of them in her own words.

In the tapes, she speaks to Townsend about giving birth to Tiger Lily.

She said: 'I just look back on that night as the best night I ever ever had with Michael and laughing so much at Michael delivering the baby with the midwife. I was so, sort of on my best behaviour because he hadn't had a child before.' 

Speaking separately about Yates, Townsend recalls the first time he met her when they were working for the same music magazine.

'She was sitting there in the corner banging away... she was quite unapproachable,' he recalls.

'Fiercely intelligent. She was someone who knew what she wanted, and she knew how to get what she wanted as well.' 

Belinda, too, makes a point of noting Yates's intelligence, saying the presenter and journalist was 'extraordinarily well read'.

She recalls: '[Yates was] a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Mary Poppins.'

She adds: 'She kind of came across as this ditzy blonde but she definitely wasn't.'

Robbie Williams also appears to give his recollection of Yates, after first meeting her on the Big Breakfast bed when he was being interviewed as a member of Take That.

He recalled feeling jealous that Yates might 'fancy' Jason Orange and thinking to himself: 'Don't fancy Jason'. He added he hoped she would be attracted to him instead.'

As the relationship between Yates and Hutchence is explored further, tapes of Paula are played in which she says: 'We'd waited all our lives for each other and when we had each other it was everything we hoped it would be.'

Belinda added the couple were 'so happy and really in love'.

The documentary recalls how, after a period of heavy drinking and depression, Yates was a few months into getting her life 'back on track' and had begun working again, with plans to release a novel inspired by her grief.

Describing her friend's death as a 'shock' Brewin said: 'She wanted to move on with her life, and probably when she died, it's the best place I'd seen her ironically for a very long time.'

When asked what she would say if she saw her best friend again, Brewin jokes: 'Fancy going out for lunch?' before adding: 'I'd just be very happy to see her face.' 

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