Sunday 20 August 2017

Peaches' life may have been privileged, but addiction doesn't discriminate

A young Peaches with her mother Paula Yates who died in 2000.
A young Peaches with her mother Paula Yates who died in 2000.
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

The tragic death of Peaches Geldof should teach us that there is no such thing as a stereotypical drug addict. The mass outpouring of sympathy that was prompted by the death of Peaches quickly turned to scorn when it was revealed that she had died of a drug overdose. The people, who had lavished praise on her for turning her life around, from debauched and destructive to virtuous and responsible, were scathing.

Having lost her own mother to a heroin overdose when she was just 11 and spoken of the lifelong shadow that had been cast by her death, how could she stick a needle in her vein when her infant sons were in the next room?

Not only had she projected an image of herself as a reformed earth mother with a "perfect life", she marketed herself as that.

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