The sister of the late rock star Michael Hutchence has criticized his ex-girlfriend supermodel Helena Christensen for not revealing that he suffered brain damage while visiting Denmark in August 1992.
Tina Hutchence said her family only found out three years ago that the INXS frontman suffered a brain injury after being beaten by a taxi driver in Copenhagen.
Speaking to The Sun this week, Tina said she was angry that the ’90s supermodel had waited so long to talk about the incident, after Michael famously died of suicide in a Sydney hotel room on November 22, 1997.
INXS star Michael Hutchence’s sister has scolded his ex-girlfriend Helena Christensen for keeping his brain injury a secret: ‘It was her duty to say something to his family’
“I know Michael was so happy with Helena and there was a time when I couldn’t imagine them not being together,” she said.
“But I was angry when I first heard about the attack because I felt it was her duty to say something to his family,” she added.
Tina said there were “terrible stories” about Michael after his death, including that he died from a botched sexual act. She said Helena could have contacted their family privately.
“There were all these horrible stories about Michael after he died, so for Helena not to tell us about the head wound was wrong. She was very close to our parents and could have easily contacted us.’
“I was angry when I first heard about the attack because I felt it was her duty to say something to his family,” Tina said of the attack. Pictured: Christensen and Hutchence
“There were all these horrible stories about Michael after he died, so for Helena not to tell us about the head wound was wrong. She was very close to our parents and could have been easily contacted,” Tina added. Pictured: Christensen and Hutchence
Catwalk star Helena first spoke about the attack in 2019 in a documentary about the life of the INXS frontman, Mystify: Michael Hutchence.
Ms Christensen recounted the moment she witnessed the taxi driver yell at Hutchence to step aside before getting out of his car and punching him, TBEN reported.
The blow was so powerful that the singer was pushed backwards and he fell, hitting his head against the curb and leaving him unconscious in the middle of the street.
Michael famously died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room on November 22, 1997. The INXS frontman was one of the most famous men in the world at the time
“He was unconscious and blood was coming out of his mouth and ear,” Ms Christensen recalled in the documentary.
The supermodel rushed Hutchence to the hospital, but thought he wouldn’t survive the night.
But when he woke up in the hospital, Christensen says he wasn’t the same person.
The blow was so powerful that the singer was pushed backward and his head hit the curb, leaving him unconscious in the middle of the street in Copenhagen.
“This dark, very angry side came out in him,” she said.
Ms Christensen said his personality changed from “joyful, sweet, deep and emotional to dark and very angry.”
In the week and a half he spent in the Danish hospital, he was aggressive, pushing doctors and nurses away, insisting he be allowed to go home.
He spent the next month in the supermodel’s apartment all the time, refusing to eat and vomiting blood.
The pair then traveled to Paris where they visited a specialist, who confirmed that Hutchence’s sensory interest in food and wine had been erased by the attack.
He also suffered multiple brain contusions and began taking medications to treat the pain caused by the injury.
Ms Christensen said his personality changed from “joyful, sweet, deep and emotional to dark and very angry.” The incident happened five years before his death. Here: London, 1990
Christensen says the incident contributed to Michael’s depression and eventual suicide five years later in a Sydney hotel room.
“When Michael hit his head, he came back a different person and I’m sure doctors prescribed all kinds of weird and wonderful concoctions,” bassist Garry Gary Beers told Sunday Night in 2014.
“He was a dick and he wasn’t, that’s the point. It wasn’t the Michael we knew and that was so surprising. He couldn’t smell, he couldn’t taste, he drank wine by the bottle because it wasn’t for him.’
While speaking publicly about losing his senses of smell and taste, Hutchence swore Mrs Christensen to secrecy about the attack.
“She hasn’t even told her parents for 20 years, so her interview was very revealing. And then the coroner’s report was even more revealing — about what he was hiding,” Australian director Richard Lowenstein told TBEN Radio National’s Stop Everything.
The director said even the band members didn’t know the full extent of Hutchence’s injury until they saw the full documentary.
Mr Lowenstein obtained the full unedited report from the coroner through British journalists and sought the advice of neurologists and psychologists.
He said it was a “revelation” about Hutchence’s downward spiral, with a “perfect storm of suicide risk” in the report.
Michael rose to fame as an INXS frontman in the 80’s and 90’s. Pictured with the band