A grieving Bob Geldof reveals how he’s coping 20 months on from his daughter’s tragic loss
The Boomtown Rats singer made the heartbreaking admission in a new interview with Irish radio station RTE Radio 1 as he spoke about the loss of 25-year-old Peaches, who passed away following a heroin overdose at her home in Kent in April 2014.
‘Part of me kind of half expected [it with] Peaches, to be honest with you,’ the 64-year-old star explained.
‘The way she was carrying on, there’s nothing you can do about it.’
This didn’t make Peaches’ death any less painful though and Bob continues to grieve deeply for his middle daughter 20 months on.
The dad-of-three thinks time will never make her loss any more bearable.
‘This thing of being forever 25, in my head, that’s unbearable, simply because of that cliché – you’re not supposed to see your children die,’ Bob said.
‘But she is the one who is with me every second of the day and she is the one who bangs into my consciousness at any moment, especially in any down moment… where I’m not doing something. She’s very present.
‘Time does not heal, it accommodates. But it is not accommodating this.’
Peaches’ death was eerily similar to that of her mother Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000.
The young star left behind a family following her untimely passing last year. She had two sons, Astala and Phaedra, with husband Thomas Cohen.
After Peaches’ loss Bob vowed in a statement that Tom and the boys would always be a part of their family and they have clearly all found strength in each other during the difficult times.
Bob – who also has daughters Fifi and Pixie, as well as having adopted Paula’s daughter Tiger Lily from her relationship with the late Michael Hutchence – recently revealed that he proposed to long-term partner Jeanne Marine to help the family cope with the grief.
‘The sisters [Pixie and Fifi] were in agony. We could either let time do its thing [to heal the grief], but time doesn’t heal, it just accommodates,’ he said.
‘You just push it [grief] to the side until it forces its way to your foreconscious again, and then you have to move it and place it back to this deep dark dungeon.
“I thought, “I have to do something”. I had already planned to ask her to marry me on her birthday. And then, because of Peaches, I thought it would be entirely inappropriate.
‘And then we buried her – and the next day – I decided to let some air into the room.
‘We were suffocating with grief – and we needed air in the room – and we needed light in that air.’