Wednesday 17 July 2019

Bob Geldof on Peaches' death: 'You go back, go back, what could I have done?'

Sir Bob Geldof and his daughter Peaches
Sir Bob Geldof and his daughter Peaches
Peaches Geldof
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Bob Geldof has said he "blames himself" for the death of his daughter Peaches, who died of a heroin overdose earlier this year.

The Boomtown Rats singer and activist said he "goes over and over and over" what he could have done to help the 24-year-old mother of two who had started using the drug again in the months leading up to her death.

Former model Deborah Leng (C) arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, southeast England
Former model Deborah Leng (C) arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, southeast England
The decorated coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at her funeral at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
The coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at her funeral at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Jo Wood attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Mariella Frostrup attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Fashion designer Amy Molyneaux attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats bandmate Pete Briquette attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof
Alan McGee, former boss of the Creation record label, attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, southeast England
Mourners arrive at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent, for the funeral service of Peaches Geldof.
Actress Jaime Winstone arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof. Reuters/Neil Hall
A florist delivers flowers to the home Bob Geldof ahead of the funeral of his daughter of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent.
Flowers left by mourners at the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died aged 25 on April 7. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Floral tributes for Peaches Geldof are seen near the church of St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence, before her funeral service in Davington, southeast England. Reuters/Neil Hall
A tribute left by mourners at the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Members of the press await the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014 in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent, where the funeral service of Peaches Geldof is being held
Peaches Geldof died on April 7

In an interview with ITV News he described the journalist, model and television presenter as "super bright" but "frantic".

Ms Geldof was found dead by her husband Tom Cohen at their home in Kent in England on April 7 this year.

Geldof said: "You blame yourself. You're the father who is responsible and clearly failed. For anybody watching, who has a dead kid and you're a parent. You go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go over, you go over.

"What could you have done? You do as much as you can."

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
PAULA YATES
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

He said newspaper attacks on his daughters following their mother Paula Yates' death in 2000 had also "damaged" them. Asked if her knew about his daughter's drug addiction, he said: "Course I knew about it and we did more than talk about it, yeah. She was super bright. Too bright.

"But the rest was a franticness. She knew what life was supposed to be and God bless her she tried very hard to get there. And she didn't make it."

Geldof said performing with the Boomtown Rats helps him to escape his grief.

"I put on my snakeskin suit and I can be this other thing. It is utterly cathartic."

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