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'People expect me to die like my mother' - Tragic Peaches Geldof's words in final interview

Published 19/06/2014 | 22:37

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The late Peaches Geldof with her husband Thomas Cohen

Tragic Peaches Geldof told of how people expected her to ‘die like her mother’ in what is believed to have been her last interview before she died two months ago.

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The mother-of-two said the worst thing about being in the spotlight was shaking people’s hands when they had a ‘preconceived notion of who you are’.

 “I’m young, but people all know the same information about me,” the 25-year-old told The Spectator magazine.

“That’s the worst thing, the preconceptions... I’m going to die like my mother, she’s going to end up like her mother.

“The worst thing is shaking someone’s hand and realising full well they have a completely preconceived notion of who you are,” she continued.

“They know your whole life! And you know nothing about them. It’s an imbalance that’s frightening.”

Peaches’ mother Paula Yates died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41.

Peaches Geldof gave birth to a baby boy called Phaedra on Wednesday
Peaches Geldof gave birth to a baby boy called Phaedra on Wednesday
FILE PHOTO: Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25. PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 25:  Peaches Geldof  attends the ETAM show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on February 25, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25
FILE: Reports Suggest That Peaches Geldof Has Died Suddenly At The Age of 25 MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Peaches Geldof attends the Philipp Plein fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2011 on February 26, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Getty)
Peaches Geldof attends the Philipp Plein fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2011 on February 26, 2011 in Milan, Italy

Peaches, who had two sons with her second husband Tom Cohen, said her children Astala and Phaedra had changed her outlook on life.

 “Suddenly I was this earth mother. It was an overnight transformation,” she said.

“It was so profoundly hateful. Then, out of nowhere, it was, ‘Dang. We can’t hate you anymore. Here she is in her golden hair, etc.’”

The writer, model and socialite was found unconscious in her Kent home on April 7, her toddler son at her side.

An initial post-mortem declared heroin was a ‘likely’ factor in her death.

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