Lily Gutierrez details her moving past with Peaches, two years since the young star passed away

Peaches Geldof has been remembered on the second anniversary of her death in a moving essay penned by her best friend.

Lily Gutierrez, who met Peaches when they were young girls, opens up about her friendship with the late star and shares some touching words about the type of person Peaches was.


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‘I used to have a friend who was a firework of a girl, so brilliant, daring and bright that being near her I often felt I was holding my breath, waiting for her next vivid explosion,’ Lily writes in the piece for Motherland magazine.

‘She was a wild, rare thing, always creating chaos. Her imagination was huge and she told fantastic tales – she was my favourite liar.’

Lily says that Peaches – who died aged 25 in April 2014 following a heroin overdose – still appears in her subconscious, writing: ‘Two years ago, my dear friend died, but still she visits me in my dreams.

‘Often as bossy and rude as in life, but always hypnotic.’

Peaches and Lily became ‘twins of the universe’ when they met, Lily writes, and both had an understanding of grief after losing their mothers within a year of each other.

The pals even moved to New York together and eventually got married just one week apart, with Lily acting as Peaches’ maid of honour when she wed Thomas Cohen in 2012.

‘She knew me inside out,’ Lily says about her friend. ‘I wondered if anyone will know me like that again.’

News of Peaches’ death in 2014 left Lily overcome with grief and she admits that she collapsed in her New York home.

‘I fell on the floor screaming, my body was in so much pain. I kept having to change my clothes as they became soaked with sweat,’ she explains.

A few weeks after Peaches’ funeral, Lily moved back to London with husband Victor and soon discovered that she was pregnant with their first child.

Daughter Melisande, named after her late mother, arrived several months later and Lily would take her for walks through the parks she had enjoyed with Peaches.

Becoming a mother, she writes in the heartbreaking essay, has helped her to cope with her grief but she still dearly misses her friend.

‘I loved Peaches from the moment we met and the most marvellous part is that she loved me, too,’ says Lily.

‘The thing I miss most about Peaches, above her quick wit and spark, above her ability to mesmerise, is her heart.

‘I miss the heart that she often tried to keep hidden, anyone who caught a glimpse of it knew it was gigantic. She loved so much. Sometimes silently.

‘Her tenderness was found in strange places, silly dances and cartoon drawings, and now a kiss on the lips in the privacy of a dream.

‘How lucky am I that this friend of mine, that I hold in such high esteem, returned my love. That thought alone will always make me smile.’

Anna Francis