Monday 9 December 2019

Peaches Geldof - A Life In Quotes

Peaches Geldof's last parenting column has been published posthumously
Peaches Geldof's last parenting column has been published posthumously
Peaches Geldof, husband Thomas Cohen and their baby Astala in Disneyland, Paris. Picture: Twitter/Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof
Peaches holding her son Astala with her husband Thomas Cohen, who bears a resemblance to her father, Bob Geldof
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home aged 25
The poignant picture of Peaches as a baby with her mother, which she tweeted hours before her body was found on Monday
File photo dated 09/01/14 of Peaches Geldof who has died at the age of 25. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 8, 2014. See PA story DEATH Peaches. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Peaches Geldof has been found dead aged 25

On life “I hate being called spoilt. My life is ordinary.”

On being called Peaches

“My weird name has haunted me all my life.”


On body image

“I can’t bear people who don’t eat. I think it is horrible that Victoria Beckham is a role model. She is vile. Girls should have curves.”


On speaking her mind

“It comes of being by yourself when you are growing up, because you’re reading and you’re forming an opinion, and there’s no one to argue with you, so you become dogmatic. There’s no one to temper your opinion, so you think you’re right.”


On her 'wild child’ reputation

“I did experiment with drugs, I did get drunk and go to parties, but I was never that wild. I could have been, I could have let myself spiral, but all the time I remembered what happened to my mum.”


On her mother, the late Paula Yates

“[She] was amazing, wrote books on parenting, gave us this idyllic childhood in Kent; and then turned into this heartbroken shell of a woman who was just medicating to get through the day.”


On her father Bob Geldof

“My dad is literally the biggest tight–––. He’s a miser, an Irish potato famine miser.”


On her mother’s death

“I didn’t grieve. I didn’t cry at her funeral. I couldn’t express anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn’t start grieving for my mother properly until I was about 16.”


On celebrity journalism

“Our need to knock celebrities is twisted: it’s deep in the mid-brain, below the survival instinct. That lust to see a downfall, it’s animalistic.”


On motherhood

“Becoming a mother was like becoming me, finally. After years of struggling to know myself, feeling lost at sea, rudderless and troubled, having babies through which to correct the multiple mistakes of my own traumatic childhood was beyond healing.”


On her children

“There was nothing stopping me from having constant fun. But it was becoming boring. I wanted an anchor. 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.”


On finding happiness

“Now with a newfound group of mummy mates, both locally and online – all with the exact same struggles and issues, and who don’t question if my child flings food at their hair or care if there’s a screaming fit in the middle of the street – I’m happier than ever. I’ve achieved a sort of perfect balance. Right now life is good. And being a mum is the best part of it.”

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