Luke Arnold in a scene from the TV mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS. Supplied by Channel 7.
Luke Arnold in a scene from the TV mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS. Supplied by Channel 7.

Layne Beachley says husband Kirk loved INXS telemovie

LAYNE Beachley, the wife of INXS star Kirk Pengilly, says her husband could not fault Channel Seven's telemovie Never Tear US Apart despite it being savaged by Michael Hutchence's half-sister.

Beachley, a seven-times world surfing champion said she had sat down to watch the two-part series with Kirk about two weeks before it went to air.

She said she believed it was accurate in portraying Hutchence's life.

"His (Kirk's) initial thought was: 'I can't fault it','' Beachley told Sunshine Coast radio station 92.7 MIX FM on Wednesday.

"He thought it was a pretty remarkable account of what went on and how it went on.''

While the band's dialogue was not exact, she said the events described were 'true to form'.

Hutchence's half-sister Tina Hutchence said that the two-part series left her feeling "angry and sad for Michael, because … it's a complete fabrication of our family".

"Michael is the only Australian so far who has become a bona fide rock star on the international stage as far as I know, and I really think they really owed it to the Australian public, who let's face it, supported them on the pub circuit on the way up, to give a true account of the INXS rise and fall," she said in an interview aired this week.

"I mean they certainly owe it to Michael and his family and friends to do better than that soap opera."


But Beachley said the INXS band members would never want to hurt Hutchence or his family.

"The boys loved him so there's no way they would do anything to disrespect the legacy he created.''

Beachley will speak at the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network breakfast on March 11 at Clive Palmer's Coolum resort.

The breakfast is part of International Women's Day celebrations.

Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network President Michalle Faulkner said she was excited to welcome Ms Beachley to the Sunshine Coast to deliver her presentation focusing on "inspiring change".

"This breakfast is one of the most popular events on our annual calendar and Layne will not only bring her story of her incredible surfing achievements but also share the reason she's so highly regarded for her tireless charity work and commitment to assisting Australian women to achieve their dreams," Ms Faulkner said.

Beachley is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer of all time being the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003) then going on to win a seventh world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008.

She also took home the ISA World Masters Champion title in 2011 and 2013, was awarded the 3rd Greatest Female Athlete of All Time and has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Surfing Australia Hall of Fame.

Ms Faulkner said event attendees would have the opportunity to win a meet-and-greet with the surfing legend as well as a surf board signed by Ms Beachley.

"Layne has generously donated a signed surf board for the event which incorporates a decal of her surfing designed by local company Ctrl V," Ms Faulkner said.

"The proceeds from the day's raffle will be shared with the Aim For The Stars Foundation, and there will also be plenty of other prizes up for grabs."

"We'll also have The X-Factor finalist Andrew Lawson performing an intimate set of popular tunes on the day. This event is not to be missed!"

The Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network breakfast event will take place at the Palmer Coolum Resort on Tuesday, 11 March, with attendees asked to arrive at 6.30am for a 7.00am start.

Tickets cost $70 for members and $80 for non-members and can be purchased at or by calling 0412 525 854.

Bookings close 4 March (or when sold out).