Paula Yates, a celebrity from the past in her heyday second only to Princess Diana in the top tier, whose name conjures up an image of debauchery, wild drink and drug taking, family scandals and self-destructive suicide, is presented in a documentary as a victim of the 1980s/90s anarchic and misogynistic media. A loyal best friend said that Yates was actually a teetotal home-loving mother, a “cross between Marilyn Monroe and Mary Poppins”.
She rose from being a rock journalist to a television star, became ‘Saint’ Bob Geldof’s wife, bore three children; then left him for INXS frontman Michael Hutchence with a nasty custody battling ensuing. Hutchence hung himself in late 1997, accidentally or otherwise, when their baby was a year old. Two weeks after that, she learned religious TV presenter Jess Yates was not her real father and TV star Hughie Green, whom she loathed, was. She died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, found by her four year old daughter Tiger. Peaches, one of her daughters with Geldof, also died from an accidental drug overdose, aged 25.
Paul Yates was born 24 April 1959 12.10 am Colwyn Bay, Wales, the daughter of a former showgirl and author of erotic novels who was often absent during her childhood. Paula had a tactile and indulgent Taurus Sun on the cusp of her fun-loving and performing 5th house opposition Neptune in Scorpio and widely opposition an intense Scorpio Moon, and square a rebellious Uranus. This was in a Mystic Rectangle to a hard-edged Saturn in Capricorn opposition Mars in Cancer in her 8th house which also squared onto Mercury. She would be driven by demons from her ancestral legacy and highly strung with such a high-wire Mercury. Her Mercury was further emphasised being on the focal point of a yod inconjunct Neptune sextile Pluto.
And she had a confident Pluto square Jupiter widely tied into a Mutable T Square to Venus in social butterfly Gemini.
What an extraordinarily complicated chart and human being – addictive prone from Neptune was well as creative, super-confident and self-doubting, frivolous and profound.
Her relationship to Geldof was equally complicated with positive crossovers from his Sagittarius Moon to her Venus for superficial domestic harmony; and communication boosting from his Jupiter conjunct her Mercury which also softened her Saturn opposition Mars. His Venus was conjunct her Pluto for passion and his Sun was conjunct her North Node for a karmic connection. But his Mars was also conjunct her Pluto for a power struggle; his Uranus was in her 8th conjunct her Mars, hinting at subterranean unrest and his Neptune was conjunct her Midheaven for confusion about direction. Geldof 5 October 1951 2.20 pm Dublin.
Michael Hutchence, 22 January 1960 5am Sydney, Australia, in many ways was a lost soul like her. He had an Aquarius Sun square a Scorpio Moon and Neptune; and a tormented, accident-prone Mars Saturn in Capricorn trine Pluto. With a light-hearted Jupiter Venus in Sagittarius covering over his inner struggle with a devil-may-care smile. A serious accident in 1992 left him with residual brain damage. His Uranus in the 7th house of close relationships hinted that long-term commitments were not his thing.
When she died tr Pluto was exactly opposition her Venus; tr Saturn exactly opposition her Jupiter; the tr Moon within a degree of crossing her Sun and tr Neptune was square her Sun and Neptune – emotionally intense, discouraging and optimism-denting and sliding into a Neptunian swamp.
Looking at it all from a distance – she didn’t do herself any favours with the media, deliberately hyping her sexuality. She did have a sad backstory – but I feel sorry for these poor kids growing up in all that mayhem.
Add On: Having skipped through her family background in greater detail, it’s a miracle she was as sane as she was and survived as long. Mother, date unknown circa 1938, a total whackjob and absent mainly, the below link worth reading: https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2000/aug/06/features.review7
It lays out mother’s tortuous and surreal explanation for why the Green paternity was not true though it clearly was.
Paula was brought up as the daughter of Jess Yates, religious TV presenter who was manic depressive and lost his career after being exposed having a fling with a 16 year old at the instigation of long-time enemy Hughie Green. Green himself had numerous affairs, another illegitimate child from his teenage years, and was self-obsessed according to his other children who described him as “highly dysfunctional”. Alcohol, drugs and ultimately cancer from smoking made his final years reclusive.
Green, 2 February 1920, London was a poser and a hypocrite with a Sun Aquarius opposition Neptune Jupiter in flamboyant Leo. His superficially charming and manipulative Pluto in Cancer opposition Venus crashed into Paula’s Mars opposition Saturn square Mercury; and his Sun opposed her Uranus, with his Mars in vengeful Scorpio opposition her Sun – not a good fit.
Jess Yates, 20 December 1918, was not much better, though marginally so, with his Sagittarius Sun falling in her 5th house. But his Pluto was also conjunct her Mars, his Neptune conjunct her Ascendant and his Saturn conjunct her Pluto.
She was not well served by the adults in her childhood.
Her Neptune in the 4th certainly showed up one of its less wonderful facets both in terms of the ethos of her growing up years and also the mystery of her father.