Monday 22 July 2019

Peaches Geldof: I’m not sure I’ve yet fully made peace with my childhood

Speaks out in last interview that difficulties helped her appreciate good things in life

Peaches Geldof in 2011. Photo: Ian West.
Peaches Geldof in 2011. Photo: Ian West.
Peaches with her second husband Tom Cohen, in 2012. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Bob Geldof, Paula Yates and five-year-old daughter Fifi Trixiebelle, show off baby Peaches, in 1989. Photo: Martin Keene/PA Wire
Bob Geldof with his daughter Peaches
Peaches on the cover of Hello! magazine in 2012 with her dad Bob, and husband Thomas Cohen
Paula Yates & family....RCOD 212-X10 Paula Yates. Obligatory Credit - CAMERA PRESS/ M. Anderson. The former presenter of C4's 'The Tube' and 'The Big Breakfast' was found dead in her home on the 17th of September 2000; Paula Yates had suffered badly with depression after the death of her lover, INXS singer Michael Hutchence, and was found in bed surrounded by a lethal cocktail of heroin, vodka and pills. The presenter leaves behind four children (three by her ex-husband Sir Bob Geldof), the youngest of which is only four-years-old (this is Tiger Lily, her daughter by the late Michael Hutchence). Paula is seen here in happier times with her then husband, Bob Geldof and her two daughters, Fifi Trixibelle (eldest) and Peaches, in 1989.
Bob Geldof with daughters Pixie and Peaches in 2003

Peaches Geldof talked about coming to terms with her traumatic childhood and expressed her hopes for the future just a few weeks before her death, it has emerged.

In what would be her last interview, Peaches, who was found dead at the age of 25 at her home in Kent on 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 an interview for Aga Living Magazine, published in the The Sunday Times, 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".

“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 postmortem 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.”

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