Walking around in trendy clothes and carrying a skateboard, this Cuban teenager stands out in the poor streets of Havana.
Pictured for the first time is Gary Pantoja Sosa – the 18-year-old child of depraved glam rock pedophile Gary Glitter.
And although her namesake father is serving a 16-year sentence for a sickening catalog of crimes, he still grants her the benefit of being the child of a pop star by funding her lifestyle.
Glitter – real name Paul Francis Gadd – was a frequent visitor to the Caribbean island, then a notorious sex tourism destination, in the 1990s.
Unemployed Gary, from a relationship with former farmer Yudania Sosa Martinez, was born in February 2001.
He never met his disgraced father, who was forced to flee Cuba before he was born when Fidel Castro’s regime began cracking down on sex tourists.
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But the monster kept in touch and even behind bars made sure Gary and his mother were taken care of.
Asked about Glitter’s involvement in his life, Gary said, “I’m in communication with my dad but it’s a difficult subject for me and I’m not allowed to talk about it.
“Everything is going well in my life but I am not working or studying at the moment. “
Glitter, 74, whose hits include I’m the Leader of the Gang and Do You Wanna Touch Me ?, gave Yudania – a fortune in Communist Cuba – £ 20,000 in 1998 to buy the apartment she lives in. still with Gary and his youngest daughter. from another relationship.
And neighbors say the disgraceful star, who still collects royalties from his music, continued to send money.
Glitter’s songs are said to be blacklisted on all UK radio stations, but it was reported in 2015 that US stations are still playing them – which could have earned him up to £ 250,000 a year.
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And in 2013, it was reported that he was going to earn £ 1million in royalties on Oasis’ track Hello, which uses a sample of his lyrics.
That same year he was said to have pocketed £ 300,000 after his music featured in a trailer for the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. He is also believed to own an apartment in London which he rents.
Approached for a conversation, Yudania, 46, said she would “consult London first”.
The next day she asked for $ 80,000 (£ 62,000) for an interview – which we refused to pay.
Despite being convicted of child sex offenses in jurisdictions around the world, Yudania still maintains that Glitter is innocent.
“Everything they write about him is a lie, which is why he is where he is,” she said angrily when asked about him.
“A lot of people have come here to ask me these questions, but they always tell lies so I won’t speak.”
Glitter – who once had son Paul and daughter Sarah from her failed marriage to Ann Murton – met former farmer Yudania when she was 21 and lived in Sagua La Grande in the Cuban countryside.
The small town was known for its bars where kids could be bought for as little as £ 60 a night for sex.
He returned to Cuba after being accused of downloading child pornography here in 1997 and rekindled matters with Yudania, moving with her to Havana.
It was said at the time that she even traveled to the UK to be with him on his return to meet the bail.
Upon his release from his first conviction in 1999 – when he was granted four months for uploading 4,000 child abuse articles, including pictures of children who were only two years old – Glitter spent the next decade trying to keep a low profile, moving from one sexual exploitation hotspot to another.
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It was during his last stay in Cuba in 2000 that he fathered Gary – before having to flee.
Since Gary turned 18 last month, Yudania has been considering starting a new life abroad.
She is trying to sell her second floor apartment, a large felt tip sign hanging outside, and it is even said that she is considering moving to the UK to be closer to Glitter.
His apartment on the second floor of a converted villa is a short walk from Havana’s waterfront boulevard, the Malecon, and the United States Embassy.
Sitting next to an abandoned building in the capital’s Vedado district, the well-maintained property stands out against the crumbling streets.
Despite being in a relatively prime location, many locals clearly struggle to cope – and Yudiana and Gary’s quality of life is a stark contrast.
Gary is an amateur tattoo artist who owns a number of inks himself, including a large Spider-Man design on his left calf.
He often spends his days playing squash with friends at an abandoned sports center near his home.
Other times, he takes his skateboard to a local park and spends hours doing tricks.
He was seen wearing Adidas sneakers and a cap from American skate brand Supreme.
Yudania, also unemployed, spends her days watching the world go by from her balcony.
But when she goes out to chat with neighbors or visit relatives, she wears gold jewelry.
Close family friend Felipe Peraza Cabrera, 55, said: “Glitter always helps the family out of England. Yudania and Gary don’t work but they still get money from Glitter.
“Glitter bought Yudania a very expensive refrigerator some time ago, maybe five years ago.
“Young Gary does tattoos, people go to the apartment to get tattoos and he makes some money with that. Yudania still has Glitter stuck in her heart.
“She is currently trying to sell the apartment he bought her and move out of Cuba. She would like to move to Britain to be closer to Gary Glitter but it really depends on him.”
Glitter, imprisoned in 2015, is serving his sentence at HMP The Verne, a Category C prison exclusively for sex offenders on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.
Its environment is said to be “cushy” with shifts allowed to move freely around their wing, 24 hours a day.
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Gary Glitter’s extravagant glam rock style has made him one of the most recognizable pop icons in the world.
He landed 11 consecutive top 10 singles from 1972 to 1975 and owned 30 stage costumes and 50 pairs of platform shoes.
The singer – born Paul Francis Gadd in Banbury, Oxfordshire, in 1944 – enjoyed a massive fan base and sold 18 million records at his peak.
But as the glam era passed, he found himself divorced, bankrupt, and struggling with an alcohol addiction.
He made occasional comebacks in the 1980s and 1990s, cleaning up and touring as a student novelty actor.
But it all fell apart in 1997, when an engineer repairing his laptop found thousands of child abuse images recorded on his hard drive.
Glitter served two months in prison after a 1999 conviction, and his catalog was purged of playlists, his recording contract canceled, and his live performances edited from rehearsals of TV shows.
The disgraced star fled abroad upon his release. In 2002, he was deported from Cambodia for alleged child abuse after living in the country for three years and later jailed for three years in Vietnam for mistreating two girls, aged 10 and 11.
Twisted Glitter later became the first person arrested – and the fifth suspect charged – in connection with Operation Yewtree, the Met Police investigation of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The pervert was sentenced to 16 years in 2015 for sexually abusing three girls between 1975 and 1980.
He tried to perform again at HMP The Verne in Dorset, where he is serving his sentence – but reportedly left the stage in tears when disgusted shifts taunted him.