Musician and activist Bob Geldof won custody of Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence, the daughter of ex-wife Paula Yates and late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, in Britain’s High Court on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
Hutchence committed suicide in 1997. Geldof has cared for the 4-year-old since her mother, British TV host Yates, died in September. Hutchence’s half sister, Tina Shorr, had requested custody, arguing that the publicity surrounding Geldof would be harmful to the girl, the news service said.
Geldof could not be reached for comment. He and Yates had three daughters prior to their 1994 split.
Though Geldof hasn’t released an album since 1997’s Great Songs of Indifference, the organizer of 1985’s Live Aid benefit for famine relief continues to be involved in high-profile political activism, including appeals to the pope and international leaders for Third World debt relief.
A posthumous, self-titled Hutchence solo album came out in February, and featured a vocal appearance by U2’s Bono.