Thursday 27 April 2017

Peaches Geldof's widower opens up about her death and being a single dad three years on: 'It was incredibly traumatising'

Thomas Cohen says writing songs is helping him come to terms with the death of his wife Peaches Geldof
Thomas Cohen says writing songs is helping him come to terms with the death of his wife Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof died in 2014, leaving behind two sons

Kathy Armstrong

Peaches Geldof's widower has spoken of his heartbreak that their children have now been alive longer than they would have known her.

As the third anniversary of Peaches' death approaches, Thomas Cohen has given a rare interview about life without his wife and how being a single dad to their young sons Astala and Phaedra helped him through his grief.

Peaches - the daughter of Boomtown Rats rocker Bob - was found dead in her Kent home in April 2014 after suffering a drug overdose, aged just 25.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, musician Thomas said: "'When I found her, I was not surprised. I thought to myself at the moment: 'Yes of course - you had to do that.'

Peaches Geldof died in 2014, leaving behind two sons
Peaches Geldof died in 2014, leaving behind two sons

"What I can remember, it must have been an hour after I've found it, that it's time for the kids' lunch.

"They needed their lunch. So I took the children's chairs to the table, took the yogurts out of the fridge, the bananas ... After that we drove here.

"Escorted by the police. The routine I had to keep up with the children helped me a lot. 

"They have lived longer than they knew their mother. They were just one and two years. Now they are four and five."

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Thomas also said that he hopes his boys have happy fulfilling lives.

The 26-year-old said: "Heroin, is a drug where you're trying to enforce something on you that's greater than life.

"You can only really... its horrible you're filling your body with something.

"It was incredibly traumatising, after it happened... a few months after. Because it was so deeply traumatising you know that moment.

"I want them to be happy, I don't care what they end up doing. They are miraculously having happy childhoods which hopefully leads to happy fruitful lives."

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