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Bob Geldof On The Loss of His Daughter Peaches

Bob and Peaches

Bob and Peaches

The loss of a child must be the most gut wrenching event.  How does one function after such trauma?  Bob Geldof, or is it ‘Sir’  Geldof former ‘Up All Night’ Boomtown Rat and all around world saviour broke his silence in his first TV interview since his daughters death. 

Peaches Geldof at age 25 was found dead on the floor of the home she shared with her husband and two small children. Drugs..go figure.  In these excerpts form his interview it is evident that Bob is still in very deep mourning. If you recall Peaches mother Paula Yates also died of a heroin overdose.  Tremendous hit to have two losses from the same cause.

“The default position for me as a person is, ‘Right, things have to be organised,’ and I go into organisation mode and that distracts me. But like anybody else, these things assault you without warning,” he told British talk show host Lorraine Kelly.

“You could be talking to someone, you could be walking down the road – and I’ve got to be careful ’cause this is still very raw – I’m walking down the street and suddenly, out of the blue, there’s an awareness of her and I buckle. I’ve got to be very careful because walking down the King’s Road there are paps everywhere, so I’ve got to duck off into a lane and blub for a while and then get on. I’d imagine that will be there for a long time. I mean, what else? ”

“If I may – and I don’t want this to be a blub fest and I don’t want to be emoting on television or getting too much into it – but you can imagine it, it is unimaginable at the same time, but let me just say we were overwhelmed by people writing to us in the kindest way,” he said. “The nice thing about that was that this young girl had made such an impact on her generation.”

The musician called the loss of Peaches “intolerable” and “very hard”, but said the only option he has is to get on with his life.

“Time doesn’t heal, it accommodates, it finds an available space in your brain and… allows you to see things in context,” he said.

“There’s a song… called Diamond Smiles, it was a very big hit. I was writing about a girl I read about in one of the papers, she was a socialite, she went to a posh party and she went upstairs and she hanged herself during the party. It was a tiny little piece and I think that somebody said, ‘Oh she was the brightest of diamonds,’ and I called the song Diamond Smiles,” he recalled. “If I really think about those words, and usually I’m in the zone of that song, it’s too bizarre; it’s too telling, whether it’s about Paula or about now, about Peaches.”

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