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Fifi Geldof reveals 20-year battle with depression, just months after Peaches' death

Published 31/08/2014 | 13:45

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Fifi Geldof, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, Pixie Geldof and Peaches Geldof (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Fifi Geldof, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, Pixie Geldof and Peaches Geldof (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Bob Geldof with daughters Fifi, Tiger-Lily, Pixie and Peaches
Bob Geldof with daughters Fifi, Tiger-Lily, Pixie and Peaches
Fifi posted this throwback photo after his sister's death
Fifi posted this throwback photo after his sister's death

Fifi Trixibelle Geldof has revealed she has been battling depression since the age of 11.

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The eldest Geldof sibling, Fifi (31), lost her mother Paula Yates to suicide in 2000, and her little sister Peaches(25) to a heroin overdose just four months ago.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Fifi said she has been clinically depressed since her mother divorced her father, Bob Geldof, in 1994, but has never told her father about her illness.

‘I never expressly told my parents," she told the newspaper, "Dad doesn’t know. I wouldn’t talk to him about it now. I don’t have that relationship with my family. I lean on my friends a lot more. We are a close family, but I have a different relationship with them than my friends."

Fifi revealed that she descended into a period of drinking and drug-taking after her mother's death.  At the time of Paula's death, mother and daughter had a strained relationship. 

Of her decision to talk about her battle with depression now, she said, "I just thought someone with even the smallest amount of influence needs to grow some b******s, come forward and say something.

"Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, it affects an awful amount of people and yet there is still this ugly, shaming, misunderstood stigma around it. With depression you can have everything in the world and nothing. It affects people of all walks of life."

Last month, Fifi hit out at a social media user who publicly criticised her sister Peaches for being "selfish".

Fifi posted a comment on her Instagram page, citing her anger at what she called "the viciousness" of the reaction to Peaches' death and the findings of an inquest.

Fifi hit back, saying they had "no idea what you're talking about quite frankly" and later posted thanks to followers who had expressed their support.

"Thanks for your beautiful words of love and support for myself and Peaches. I appreciate it more than ever today," she said.

Despite reeling from Peaches' sudden, tragic death, Fifi said she is currently managing her depression and focusing on her remaining family, dad Bob, sisters Pixie (23) and Tiger-Lily (18).

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