Bob Geldof released a statement back in April that used gut-wrenching language to describe his family’s reaction to his daughter Peaches’ sudden death. He said, “How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever.”
Now, in a new interview, Geldof is using similar words to describe how he has been living with the loss. In a televised interview with Lorraine Kelly on ITV, Geldof said:
It’s intolerable, it’s very hard as everyone must realise, especially if it has happened to them too. Then what else do you do? You get on with it.
Peaches died April 7. She was 25 years old. The young mother of two was a model, writer and television personality. She had been a columnist for the Telegraph in the U.K., and following her passing the publication re-printed some of her old pieces. They demonstrate her unique wit – case in point, her column in response to Gwyneth Paltrow’s naming her daughter “Apple,” in which she discussed her own unique moniker:
“I am named, as you may have noticed, after a fruit. I’m not Jane or Sarah or Samantha: I am Peaches. This doesn’t make sense to me at all. (My Dad told me it was because he and my Mum were on a Tennessee Williams trip at the time.) Then again, I was going to be called Angel Delight at one point, so I suppose I can count myself lucky.”
Peaches left behind her husband and two sons, both under the age of two years. Her father, who lost his own mother at a young age, expressed that the loss of her so young might be better for her children:
They are so small, the little chaps, that … I’m not sure 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 emotion relationships away from the primary relationship with the mother.
He also told Kelly his life has been much like a soap opera, and of his grandsons, “I don’t want them becoming wrapped up in the Geldof life,” which he said was great in some respects, but appalling in others. Peaches was the daughter of Geldof and his first wife, model Paula Yates, who died in 2000 when Peaches was a pre-teen.
Geldof recounted the sudden moments since Peaches’ passing where he has been overcome with grief: “You’ll be walking down the road and suddenly, out of the blue, there’s an awareness of her. And I buckle.” He went on to say that he recovers quickly, knowing that paparazzi are often nearby and would be quick to take a snap of an emotional outburst. Bob Geldof also said that performing is “cathartic” for him.
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