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Writing songs giving 'purpose' to Cohen after Peaches Geldof death

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

The widower of Peaches Geldof has told how writing songs has helped give his life "purpose" following her sudden death at the age of 25 two years ago.

Thomas Cohen, 25, said he needed to "transform that pain" after Ms Geldof - daughter of ex-Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof - died at their home in Wrotham, Kent, in April 2014.

Mr Cohen, one-time member of defunct rock band SCUM, found her slumped on a bed in a spare bedroom, with recent heroin use likely to have played a role in her death.

It marked a tragic parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Cohen revealed that on a track from his new album, Bloom Forever, he sings about his fateful trip to their house when her body was found.

He said: "There's not much poetry to it. It's just brutally honest. But once I'd finished the song, it was mixed and we rehearsed it a few times, it just felt like a song.

"I'm not really reliving something every time I hear it."

He told how he began writing again soon after Ms Geldof's death, saying it gave him "purpose".

Mr Cohen, who had two sons with Ms Geldof, said: "Aside from parenthood, obviously, it was my only real personal belonging. I could create something new, rather than just be a single father, which is also what I am, but a musician, too."

On his song Country Home he addresses seeing Ms Geldof dead, with lines including 'Why weren't her eyes covered and closed'. He said "almost every lyric is brutal".

And he said he has not put a time limit on his grief.

"It's not a case of saying, 'Right, I'm done with that', because it will come and bite you, basically."

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