For the past couple of years, photographs and videos of Peaches Geldof raising her young sons filled my Twitter feed. Call it clichéd, but when you see and read a person’s daily activities and thoughts, you feel like you know a portion of them and their life.
Peaches Geldof and her young family had recently moved to the English countryside and their family life appeared idyllic. As an advocate of Attachment Parenting, Peaches Geldof looked to be a doting, affection mother and wife and a mature, intelligent woman, as well. Her tweets were filled with love and adorable nicknames for her sons Phaedra and Astala and their brood of pets. Sadly, the 25-year-old socialite unexpectedly passed away this week, under circumstances which have yet to be understood or revealed.
Her husband released a statement, “My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever.”
Her father, Sir Bob Geldof, released an equally heartbreaking one too, “She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” the statement reads. “Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever.”
Many knew Peaches Geldof as the daughter of songwriter Geldof and British TV personality Paula Yates. Her mother Yates died from a drug-overdose in 2000, leaving behind Peaches and her young sister, Fifi: “I remember the day my mother died, and it’s still hard to talk about it. I just blocked it out,” Peaches told Elle magazine in 2012. Did she ever recover from her mother’s death? In many ways, with Peaches’ passing, history has sadly repeated itself.
In her teens and early twenties, Peaches was a wild child and socialite party girl around town – she was frequently featured in gossip magazines and her friends and family reportedly feared for her health. During this time, she was regularly compared to Paula Yates. But Peaches Geldof changed and she changed for the better. In 2012, she married musician Thomas Cohen, started work as a journalist for numerous magazines and appeared on various talk shows to promote Attachment Parenting. She shied away from her notoriety and instead focused on the new life she was building with her family.
In a way, it seemed like she tried to give her children the childhood she lost. Eerily, her last Instagram post was a photo of Peaches and Yates with the caption “Me and My Mum”- which some are seeing as an ominous sign. Her death has officially been called “unexplained and sudden” but not “suspicious” and the cause has not been identified (an autopsy is reportedly scheduled for Wednesday). Drugs have not been mentioned as a potential cause of death and she left no suicide note – the only clue into possible health problems in recent months appeared to be her significant weight loss, a contrast to the more voluptuous figure she had in the past.
From the outside looking in, Peaches Geldof appeared to be a happy, loving young woman who had turned her life around and was enjoying the people she cared about most. We will never know what she felt in her final moments, but many people (including me) hope that her final days were filled with happiness and not sadness. She will be missed.
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