Geldof’s ‘intolerable’ pain at losing Peaches

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Bob Geldof has talked about the “intolerable” pain he felt after the death of his daughter Peaches.

The musician and activist admitted he still finds himself breaking down in the street when the emotion overwhelms him.

The Boomtown Rats frontman confessed that there are times he “buckles” when he thinks of his 25-year-old daughter, whose body was discovered at her Kent home three months ago, a result of what is suspected to have been a heroin overdose.

Geldof said her loss was all still “very raw”, adding: “I’m walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there’s an awareness of her – and you know, I buckle.

“And I’ve got to be very careful because walking down the Kings Road there are paps (paparazzi) everywhere so I have to duck off into a lane or something, and blub for a while and then get on with it and that’s it, so I’d imagine that will be there for a long time, I mean what else?”

The father-of-three described the feeling as “intolerable – it’s very hard as everybody must realise, especially if it happened to them too, and what else do you do, you get on with it.”

He added: “I’ve always done that and being on stage is entirely cathartic, it just clears your head I just get on a stage and go mad. If I dwell on the words sometimes I find it hard to struggle through the song because they take on whole meanings that I never meant when I wrote them.”

He stressed that Peaches’ two sons Phaedra and Astala would be able to move on with their lives eventually, as he did after his mother died when he was a child.

The singer, who has just announced a UK tour with his old band, said the life of his family had been part of a “national soap opera”.

His first wife, Peach’s mother Paul Yates left him in 1995 after an affair with INXS singer Michael Hutchence. She died of a heroin overdose in 2000.

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