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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Part of me half-expected it' - Bob Geldof opens up on pain of Peaches' death

Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in April 2014, leaving behind her husband, Thomas Cohen, and their two sons, Astala and Phaedra
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in April 2014, leaving behind her husband, Thomas Cohen, and their two sons, Astala and Phaedra
Bob Geldof said Peaches's death has had an enormous affect on him and he’s still dealing with it every day

Bob Geldof has opened up about the loss of his daughter Peaches, saying part of him "half-expected" her death.

Peaches was found dead at her home in April 2014, leaving behind her husband, Thomas Cohen, and their two sons, Astala and Phaedra.

Her Boomtown Rats dad, Geldof (64), said her death has had an enormous affect on him and he's still dealing with it every day.

"Part of me kind of half-expected it, to be honest with you - the way she was carrying on, there's nothing you can do about it," he said.

"But she is the one who is with me every second of the day and she's the one who bounds into my consciousness at any moment, especially in any down moment … when I'm not doing something.

"That's incomprehensible to me still. This thing of being 'forever 25' in my head, that's unbearable, simply because of that cliche of 'You're not supposed to see your children die'," he added.

Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio 1, Geldof said the pain doesn't fade over time. "There's people listening who have had it much worse, but they understand what I'm on about," he added.

Heal

"I wait for it to stop, that's the lesson. Time does not heal, it accommodates - but it ain't accommodating this."

Bob also opened up about telling his daughters Peaches, Pixie and Fifi Trixibelle, about the death of their mother, Paula Yates, at the age of 41.

The Dun Laoghaire native lost his own mother when he was a child and his father simply told him by saying "your mother died last night", which is how he told his own children.

He spoke of how they were celebrating Pixie's 10th birthday when he received the news of Paula's death.

"I didn't know what to do when I got the phone call at 10.30 on a Saturday morning," he said. "I walked back into the sitting room, I sort of smiled and said 'What have you got now?', while ripping up the presents.

"I sat down and I waited until she finished with her presents and said 'I've something to tell you - it's serious'. And I said exactly what my father had said to me - 'Your mum died last night'.

"With Paula, the leaving me was worse than the dying. It made me realise that love isn't enough," he added.

Bob also said he will pen a song about Peaches' death in the future, and that performing helps him deal with his grief.

"I feel afterwards ... light. My head is clear, there's no ache, there is no gut sadness," he said.

"My life is bizarrely episodic. I've no idea what's going to happen to me next."

The Boomtown Rats will play a 40th anniversary gig at the Olympia Theatre on Sunday.

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