Monday 26 January 2015

Peaches told of tough childhood in final interview

Antonia Molloy

Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof

In what would be her last interview, Peaches Geldof, who was found dead at the age of 25 at her home in Kent last Monday, said: "I'm not sure I've yet fully made peace with my childhood, but with my mum I have come to terms with everything. She had a really difficult time."

She added: "I think you have to experience hardships and pain yourself to fully understand people who have been through it and also you can never really experience happiness unless you've had that down feeling too."

In the interview for 'Aga Living Magazine', the then 24-year-old journalist and daughter of Bob Geldof said that the difficulties she had faced in the past had allowed her to appreciate the good things in life.

"It has anchored me in place because, before, I lived in LA, in New York and in London. I was just sort of going round, being young. I worked as a journalist for 'Nylon'," she said.

"I was rootless and having the kids really anchored me in place and changed my life for the better. It meant I had to take care of someone properly, which I wasn't doing for myself."

Peaches, whose two sons Astala and Phaedra will soon turn two and one, said that motherhood had been integral to her "healing process".

Peaches Geldof gave birth to a baby boy called Phaedra on Wednesday
Peaches Geldof gave birth to a baby boy called Phaedra on Wednesday
Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25
Peaches and Tom's sons Astala Dylan Willow, two, and Phaedra Bloom Forever, four-months old relax on the couch. (Photo: Instagram/ Peaches Geldof)
Astala and Phaedra
Peaches Geldof (right) and Thomas Cohen (left) attending The Wolf of Wall Street UK premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Thomas and Astala
Peaches with her father Bob Geldof
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
Fifi Geldof, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, Pixie Geldof and Peaches Geldof (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Peaches Geldof attends The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England
Peaches Geldof arriving for the 2014 NME Awards, at Brixton Academy, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Peaches Geldof
Peaches regularly shares photos of her kids online. Her son Phaedra is pictured here. (Photo: Instagram/ Peaches Geldof)
Peaches Geldof and Tom Cohen got married in Kent
Paris Hilton and Peaches Geldof arrives for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 benefit at the Hotel du Cap during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2009
Peaches attended the funeral of Bob's dad in Dublin with the rest of the family 4 years ago.
Peaches Geldof and ex-husband Max Drummey attend a party to celebrate the launch of Peaches Geldof's PPQ collection, at Movida on November 27, 2008 in London, England.
Pregnant Peaches Geldof
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates at Funderland
London Fashion Week...Peaches Geldof (left) outside the Natural History Museum in west London
Bob Geldof and daughters Peaches (left) and Pixie, arriving at The Odeon Leicester Square, London
Model and socialite Peaches Geldof
Actress Paula Yates, the former wife of Bob Geldof and lover of INXS front man Michael Hutchence, died of an accidental heroin overdose in the year 2000.
Pippa Middleton (second right) and Peaches Geldof (second left) at the Temperley London show at the British Museum as part of London Fashion Week
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates with baby Peaches and older sister Fifi in 1989.
Model and socialite Peaches Geldof
Socialite Peaches Geldof
A younger Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof (L) and Thomas Cohen pose for photographers at the Moet & Chandon Etoile Award for Mario Testino at the Park Lane Hotel in London, England
Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25
Pixie (left) and Peaches Geldof arrive at the UK premiere of 'Derailed', at the Curzon Mayfair, central London
Peaches (right) and Pixie Geldof showing off their Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix books outside Waterstone's in London's Piccadilly following the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Bob Geldof arrives back at his home in Chelsea, with daughters Peaches (middle) and Pixie (right)
Peaches Geldof, who has died at the age of 25
Peaches Geldof attends TRESemme at Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City
Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25
Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen attend the Moschino cheap&chic show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at The Savoy Hotel on February 16, 2013
F Peaches Geldof attends the Jeremy Scott Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Milk Studios on September 14, 2011 in New York City
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

"Now that I am a mum, I can correct those awful parts of my childhood and it's a really healing process.

"Before, I was just not at peace with myself about it because I was just traumatised.

"That's why I was living a chaotic lifestyle. But now I have the kids I can heal the situation. It's so good in every single way, really."

A post-mortem following Peaches' death proved inconclusive and police have said toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine the cause of her death.

Any inquest is not expected to be opened and adjourned by the coroner until after the results of toxicology tests are known, and Peaches' body has been released back to her family to arrange her funeral.


There has been much speculation in the interim, but in her interview Peaches said that people should not believe everything they read.

"Who, with an iota of intellect, would believe everything they read (about me)?

"If your whole perception of me is based on something you've seen in a gossip magazine or on a website and you haven't met me, then you need to take a step back and think to yourself: is that sane, does it make sense? I personally wouldn't. If I haven't met someone, how do I know them?"

Peaches said that she hoped her children would "get to have a bit of the youth that I lost out on when I had them".

She added: "But mainly, in the future, I would love my boys to just grow up to be the best, sweetest kids of all time." (© Independent News Service)

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