Bob Geldof on Daughter Peaches' Death: 'It's Intolerable'
Irish singer/songwriter and political activist Sir Bob Geldof made his first TV appearance after the loss of his daughter, Peaches Geldof, on ITV's "Lorraine Live" on Friday morning, July 4. When asked by the presenter about how he kept going, the rock star paused for a moment before answering, "It's intolerable, it's very hard, as everybody must realise, especially if it happened to them too, and what else do you do, you get on with it."
Bob lost his daughter in April. Peaches, who was married to musician Thomas Cohen was found dead at her home of a suspected heroin overdose. Confirming the death news of the journalist and model, Bob stated that the rest family members were "beyond pain."
The "Diamond Smiles" hitmaker opened up about how easy he found reminders of his daughter in his everyday life. He would even break down in tears as he walked down the road. His grief would reignite after being suddenly aware again of the tragedy. "You could be talking to somebody, you could be walking down the road, and I've got to be very careful because this is still very raw... but I'm walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there's an awareness of, her... and you know, I buckle," he said.
He also explained how he tried to deal with the everyday devastation he feared would last for a long time, saying, "And I've got to be very careful because walking down the Kings Road there are Paps everywhere so I have to duck off into a lane or something, and blub for a while and then get on with it and that's it, so I'd imagine that will be there for a long time, I mean what else."
The knighted musician was immensely proud of his deceased daughter. "This young girl had made such an impact, especially on her generation," he said. "When the Rats got back together last year, we went out on tour... I was walking around Leeds, and people would come up to me and say, 'You're Peaches Geldof's dad, aren't you?' And I'd say yes. But I liked it. I liked being Peaches Geldof's dad."
Peaches left behind her husband and two young sons, Astala, 2, and Phaedra, 14 months. Speaking about them, Bob said, "I'm not sure that they'll have this craving to remember their Mum, and I think that is healthy. They are young enough, you know this terrible expression, to be able to build an emotion, relationships away from the primary relationship with the mother."
He praised their other grandparents and said that he didn't want the children to be "wrapped up in Geldof's life."
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