Friday 19 January 2018

Peaches' final column: 'Life is bliss right now'

Final words penned by tragic star raised no fear over her state of mind

Peaches Geldof, husband Thomas Cohen and their baby Astala in Disneyland, Paris. Picture: Twitter/Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof, husband Thomas Cohen and their baby Astala in Disneyland, Paris. Picture: Twitter/Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof, pictured in 2012
A grab from Instagram showing Fifi Geldof and her sister Peaches
Police investigators search the contents of the bins at the home of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham, Kent
Police officers search bins at the house of Peaches Geldof the day after she was found dead at her home near Wrotham, southern England
Members of the public leaving flowers at the house of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham, England. Reuters

Martin Evans and Hannah Furness

Peaches Geldof said she had the "perfect life" and had never been happier, just days before she was found dead, it has emerged.

The 25-year-old daughter of the singer and campaigner Bob Geldof used what would be her final magazine column to describe how being a mother was "bliss", insisting "right now, life is good".

Her body was discovered at her home in Wrotham, Kent, on Monday, in what police have described as "unexplained but non-suspicious circumstances".

Speculation about her state of mind was initially triggered after it emerged that the night before she died she posted a picture online showing herself as a toddler in the arms of her late mother Paula Yates.

But friends insist she had found deep fulfilment in motherhood and was devoted to her two children.

Yesterday police officers with dogs spent hours searching as mystery continued to surround her death.

Her father arrived back in Britain from San Francisco where he had been speaking at a conference when he learnt of his daughter's death. Ms Geldof's elder sister Fifi Trixibelle posted a picture of the pair together when they were young children with the message: "My beautiful baby sister... Gone but never forgotten. I love you Peaches x."

Peaches Geldof's final column, in 'Mother & Baby' magazine, painted a picture of a happy young mother who had put her turbulent teenage years behind her. She wrote: "I lived a life of wanton wanderlust. With fun-loving friends from Los Angeles to London, I was lost in a haze of youth and no responsibilities. Other than work, there was nothing stopping me from having constant fun. But it was becoming boring, I wanted an anchor – I craved it. And when I had two wailing, smiling, joyful little blobs of waddling pink flesh they became my entire existence and saved me from one of pure apathy."


She went on: "Everything else was nothingness – I had the perfect life, two babies who loved me more than anything. It was and is bliss."

A post-mortem examination is due to be conducted today at the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. But uncertainty about the cause of death has been increased by ongoing police activity at her home. Yesterday, specialist search officers could be seen focusing on bags of rubbish, which were taken to an outbuilding for closer examination. A sniffer dog was also taken into the property.

Despite her sometimes brash public image, neighbours insisted Ms Geldof had settled well into the community.

Kimmy Milham (30), who met her at a local nursery, said: "Peaches was a wonderful person and a wonderful mother. It's just tragic that her sons will grow up without a mother.

"Everybody at the nursery loved her, and we all admired the way she brought up her kids.

"She will always be in our hearts."

In addition to her work as a magazine columnist, Ms Geldof recently appeared as a contestant on BBC Sport Relief's 'Top Dog', appearing with her golden retriever Parper.

She had also been due to speak at a Women of Letters event tomorrow, reading her own piece on the subject: "A letter to the thing I wanted most of all".

Ms Geldof's husband Thomas Cohen and her two sons were believed to be staying with Mr Cohen's family in New Eltham, south-east London.

Irish Independent

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