195 The Ego has Landed Paul Holmes on Paul Holmes “Magazines . . . are not allowed to publish anything motivated by malice.” This is double-speak for covering up the worst indiscretions. Paul lives his life through women’s magazines, and what they couldn’t publish, he did. What he didn’t publish, we did. In 1991 Paul Holmes and Hine Elder went to Washington. At the time Paul was still an alcoholic. By May 1997 they had been married six years. Hine was studying hard in her fifth and final year at medical school. Hine wanted Paul to get counselling, to open up, as he was incapable of intimacy and love, and they hadn’t had sex in a very long time. Paul had a huge mortgage and was not performing. Fleur Revell had been working in the TVNZ newsroom for a matter of weeks and had won two Qantas Media Awards. They met in May 1997. Paul was married and Fleur was living with a man. They met at nights on the waterfront in Paul’s car. Fleur always turned up in gym clothes as was her cover. After three weeks they were at it like rubber dogs. As soon as Paul got back from the British handover of Hong Kong to China, Hine said she was going out and had left her kids with their babysitter, the gay-in-denial actor, Simon Prast. Paul went and saw Fleur Revell. In July 1997 Paul and Hine and children went to Fiji. Hine asked Paul if he was having an affair. Paul said ‘Yes’ and gave a false name. Hine said she could not live under the same roof and Millie told her stepfather he could go and live with his girlfriend, but they would get the house. Paul Holmes had his first beer in June 1997 after five years. It was the third drink of his marriage. Prior to marriage he had been a chronic alcoholic frequenting AA meetings. Paul Holmes, Holmes, Hodder Moa Beckett, Auckland, 1999, p. 251. Ibid, p. 218. Ibid, p. 241. Ibid, p. 246. Ibid, p. 247.
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