A wife, a mother, a sister and a daughter; Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof-Cohen was many things to numerous different people. Described by her father, Sir Bob Geldof, as being “the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers” of their family, it is clear to see how highly she was, and still is, regarded within the Geldof, and extended family, unit.
Often famed for being the socialite daughter of the Boomtown Rats front man, and sometimes forgotten for her intelligence and blossoming self-made career, it is fair to say that this young girl had many different and varied aspects to her character.
A journalist, model and TV presenter; Peaches began her career aged just 15 with a column in the UK edition of Elle Girl. She also contributed a socio-political column on a weekly basis to The Daily Telegraph, and wrote numerous articles for The Guardian. At one time she was the face of Ultimo, the lingerie brand, and even wrote and directed her own documentaries on teenage life, and hosted her own TV chat show.
Peaches was busy, and relished each of these stages in her career, yet it would appear that motherhood was the part of her life which was most engaging for her. Following a rebellious and riotous youth, motherhood acted as a soothing element for her; Peaches openly admitted that it was on beginning this new era that her life was changed for the better. One only had to look at the stars former Instagram account to see how hands on and involved she was in her role of mother, as she posted hourly updates on her family life.
It came to many as a surprise when it was announced that she had passed away just four weeks ago, at 25 years of age. Her body was discovered by her husband, Thomas Cohen, on the 7th April at their family home in Kent following concern from Cohen that Peaches was unable to be reached via telephone as she usually would. With an initial post-mortem deemed inconclusive, a toxicology report was ordered, the results of which were announced last Thursday. It was heard that the drug heroin was involved in, and the most likely cause of her demise.
Speculations as to the reason why Peaches lapsed back into her drugs use are widely discussed. It may be that having to deal with the pressures of fame and fortune, along with balancing a family, became all too much for Peaches and so she needed to find a release. It may have been that without a mother to confide and find comfort in, taking the very drug which took her own mother’s life was a way for Peaches to gain that comfort and to feel closer to her mother.
An incident such as this happening to such a high profile person may work as a blessing in disguise. With the passing away of Peaches, she has raised a greater awareness for drug related issues and the charities which offer support for them.
It is this greater awareness which may prevent similar situations from happening, and work toward lessening the stigma attached to drug related issues. Why is it socially acceptable for a cancer patient in the US to use drugs as a coping mechanism, whilst a mother dealing with a “growth opportunity” is then stigmatised for a similar method of coping?
The sheer strength of Bob Geldof has persevered once again, as the family move forward and looks towards the unions of Bob and his fiancé Jeanne Marine, and Peaches’ sister Fifi and her fiancé. It’s true to say that the two young boys Peaches left behind are lucky to be a part of such a loving and close-knit family.
How do you feel drugs related issues can be more greatly supported within our society?