Tuesday 21 November 2017

Horrific repeat of history as Peaches' children lose mum

Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

Bryony Gordon

PEACHES Geldof wrote a column for the 'Daily Telegraph' when she was just 14.

Though there were obvious accusations of nepotism, her editor at the time remembers a humour and fluency to her writing that belied her tender years.

"Why do the rich and famous give their children such ridiculous names?" she wrote, shortly after Gwyneth Paltrow announced she had called her first-born Apple.

"Mine has haunted me all of my life, and will continue to do so. I am named, as you may have noticed, after a fruit. I'm not Jane or Sarah or Samantha: I am Peaches. This doesn't make sense to me at all. (My dad told me it was because he and my mum were on a Tennessee Williams trip at the time.) Then again, I was going to be called Angel Delight at one point, so I suppose I can count myself lucky."

Peaches Geldof was never going to be able to escape the legacy of her parents – both too clever, too eccentric, too vibrant for that. She was always going to be, in the moving words of her father, Bob, the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us".

On the 24-hour news channels yesterday evening, there was a lot of talk of Peaches having been a DJ, a model, a socialite. When one commentator said that she was now a devoted mother of two young boys, the presenter added, "yes, but she was also a party girl, wasn't she?"

So what if Peaches happened to like a party? So what if she had, as a teenager, taken drugs?

However she died, there is a terrible tragedy at its heart, a horrific history that has repeated itself: children left without their mother.

But let us leave the last words to Peaches, who summed herself up pretty well in that column.

"Life for me hasn't always been peaches and cream (all puns intended). When I tell people my name, most laugh incredulously. When I insist it actually is my name, they get annoyed: 'The joke's over, what's your real name?'

"It's disturbing and it's annoying; do people think I haven't heard it all before? I can, however, see the plus side. It's unusual, it's exotic, it's not boring. It also gives me (or so I like to think) an air of mystery. It's easy to forget a Mary, but if you're named after a piece of fruit. . ." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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