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Musician Thomas Cohen opens up about death of wife Peaches Geldof

Published 03/04/2016 | 10:36

Thomas Cohen and Peaches Geldof attend the UK premiere of
Thomas Cohen and Peaches Geldof attend the UK premiere of "The Wolf Of Wall Street" at The Odeon Leicester Square on January 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Thomas Cohen departs after attending the inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof on July 23, 2014 in Gravesend, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
The late Peaches Geldof with her husband Thomas Cohen
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Peaches Geldof with her father Bob, husband Tom Cohen and son Astala on her wedding day.
Thomas Cohen has spoken of how he fell in love with Peaches Geldof on the first day they met

Thomas Cohen has opened up about falling in love with Peaches Geldof the first day they met, and the trauma he felt at her death.

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Geldof, 25, died of an accidental heroin overdose at their Kent home in 2014, leaving Cohen a 23-year-old widower with two young sons, Astala and Phaedra.

The tragic episode had haunting echoes of her mother, TV presenter Paula Yates, who also died from a heroin overdose 14 years earlier.

Cohen, 25, a musician, told The Sunday Times Magazine he was left devastated at his wife's death and had to learn to love and take care of himself to get through the grieving process.

He said: "I just made the decision to start looking after myself and I refused to lose myself and become a traumatised, grief-stricken single father who everyone's going to look at and think and feel all of these things about. And that's absolutely fine."

Asked if he blames himself at all for her death, Cohen, who has only rarely spoken publicly about his late-wife's overdose, said "it's nonsense" to torture himself this way.

He turned to the music of Patti Smith, Mick Jagger and Nick Cave to help him come to terms with his grief, and got back into the studio himself to create his first solo album.

He also took up transcendental meditation, whose subscribers include George Harrison and David Lynch.

He also revealed that when he met Geldof, it was love at first sight.

"That's what happens when you fall in love with someone", he told The Sunday Times Magazine.

"I understand you should be safe and guarded, but when you actually love someone, it happens straight away, doesn't it?"

Cohen's debut solo album, Bloom Forever, is out on May 6.

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