Bob Geldof calls grief over loss of daughter Peaches ‘intolerable’
TORONTO — Bob Geldof said this week he still breaks down thinking about his daughter Peaches, who died in April.
The 25-year-old model was found in her London home on April 7. Police later said heroin was a factor in her death.
“It’s intolerable, it’s very hard,” Bob Geldof told TV host Lorraine Kelly about his grief.
“What else do you do? You get on with it.”
Geldof, who is about to kick off a tour with the Boomtown Rats, said music has helped him cope with the loss.
“Being on stage is entirely cathartic. It just clears your head,” he said. “When I come off stage I’m physically exhausted and mentally clear.”
The musician said it’s difficult to deal with getting emotional in the public eye.
“I’m walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there’s an awareness of her and I buckle,” said Geldof. “I’ve got to be very careful because walking down the King’s Road there’s paps everywhere so I have to duck into a lane and blub for a while.”
Geldof lost first wife Paula Yates — the mother of Peaches — to a drug overdose in 2000.
Geldof said his family has been “part of the national soap opera” and thanked the public for supporting him in his grief.
“We were overwhelmed by people writing to us in the kindest way — complete strangers but who felt it — and the nice thing about that was this young girl had made such an impact, especially on her generation.”
Geldof recalled someone approached him and asked if he was “Peaches Geldof’s dad.”
“I liked it,” he recalled. “I liked being Peaches Geldof’s dad.”
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