Layne Beachley Book: Booze Helped With INXS Drummer Date

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LAYNE Beachley has booze to thank for her long-running relationship with INXS drummer Kirk Pengilly.

According to her new autobiography Beneath the Waves, the seven-time world champion surf babe was set up on a date with Pengilly by ex-Noiseworks rocker Jon Stevens back in 2002 but the chemistry failed to crackle until the booze flowed.

The pair dined at Sydney restaurant Ci La Vie and at one point the awkwardness got so bad that Layne considered jumping out the bathroom window. Meanwhile, Kirk was thinking of skipping out the front door. “I was sitting at the table thinking ‘I can’t leave because she’d have to pay the bill and that’s not right’,” he recalled.

So instead the pair started pounding rounds of the liqueur Limoncello.

“Eventually we got back to Layne’s and I had to stay the night because I was too drunk to drive,” Kirk says.