8. Adieu Michael Hutchence, My Love

IMG_053823 November 1997

Dear Diary,

Michael Hutchence has been found dead in his hotel room in Sydney. I’m in total shock. As you know I massively love him. I’m not obsessed, it’s just the kind of typical crush a teenager will have (but I am crazy about him). But how often does your celebrity crush die? I just thought he would be around forever. I feel so sad for him and his family.

I fell in love with Michael Hutchence last year. I know he’s a lot older than me but he was so SEXY and WILD.

Now that he’s gone, and so that I never forget, I just want to write down some of the memories that I have.


1. Getting carpet burns on my knees when I fell over, racing into the TV room to video-tape the INXS appearance on Top of the Pops. I cried for AGES when I realised that I’d missed it. The next day I stayed up until 12:30AM to record the re-run

2. Buying the Elegantly Wasted CD, even though I don’t own a CD player (and it cost £5)

3. Watching an interview with him on Channel 5 and crying because I couldn’t video-tape that channel

4. Receiving the INXS Greatest Hits album for my 16th birthday and LOVING it

5. Coming to school and having History first thing. Meeting Rob on the stairs, who gave me a copy of a magazine with Michael on the cover. I framed the cover and hung it over my bed. It’s still there

6. Reading that Michael felt that his first girlfriend was “pivotal” to him. I had never appreciated a word so much, until then

7. Buying four newspapers this morning, with Michael’s story (totalling £2.45)

Simon, Henry, Jess, Vicky and Sarah have all called to say sorry etc. Emily has been great too and has really looked after me. My reaction to his death may seem completely dumb – but I really loved him. In a controlled way.

I’ll miss you Michael



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