Michael has one older sister and one younger brother.
Michael's mother Patricia was a former
successful Melbourne model turned makeup artist.
When he was on tour with INXS, Michael would check into hotels using many differently aliases. Some of them included his favourite cartoon characters.
On November 22, 1997, just 4 days prior to beginning the Australian leg of the tour, Michael took his life in a hotel room in Sydney. He was found by a maid hanging from the back of a door.
In 1996, Michael faced a crisis when the press would not leave him alone, naming him "the man Paula had left Bob Geldof for." As a result of this, Michael became caught up in the Yates/Geldof custody battle.
On the 22th of July in 1996, Michael and Paula welcomed a daughter into the world: Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence.
In the early 1990s, Michael had a fling with Australian pop-singer, Kylie Minogue.
Michael's brother, Rhett, has been disowned by their mother after he auctioned off a fax Michael once sent to then-girlfriend Kylie Minogue on E-Bay. Rhett is also selling one of Michael's t-shirts and an original sketch done by Michael.
In 2006, INXS conducted a search for a new lead singer of the band, a role Michael had filled before his death. He was replaced by Elvis impersonator J.D. Fortune.
He began performing at the age of eight.
He appeared in the Australian movie Dogs In Space.
In 1980, he became the lead singer of INXS.
He was raised in Hong Kong.
Michael: I turn over a lot of money for a lot of people and I'm the smallest fish in it.
Michael: You know it's easy to see why English people and Aussies don't get along. When you meet Aussies they're like 'Hi, mate', you know you're a mate straight off. Over here it's (in an English accent and wrinkles up his nose) 'Oooh, horrible Australian person, so emotional.
Michael: INXS never had that groupie thing. No, no we really never did. Not in a sexual way - well, alright, then, maybe years ago. I've done a few stupid things in my time, but you've got to have respect for yourself, otherwise you end up getting used.
Michael: There's something intrinsically Australian about a bunch of brothers and school friends getting together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as mates to make something happen.
Michael: I know all's fair in love and war but when you go off and try to be by yourself and it ends up on the front page of the press it's frightening, knowing your life is under such scrutiny.
Michael: It's just as difficult to live in a self-made hell of privacy as it is to live in a self-made hell of publicity.
Michael: I get pretty terrified, to be honest, when I'm on tour. You really have to muster a lot of ego to go our there, which I find rather draining.
Michael: I don't think success arrives and you're suddenly happy. It's not like that. If people think that they'll be very disappointed.
Michael: I love being famous. It's like a totally Freudian thing - it makes me feel wanted and loved and noticed. Anyone would want that, wouldn't they?
Michael: I've done a few stupid things in my time, but you've got to have respect for yourself, otherwise you end up getting used.
Michael: I find it embarrassing being a pop star. I prefer it when people just treat me like anybody else, although occasionally there is a side of me, which is indulgent and I expect certain things because of my position. It's one of the perks.
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