Last month saw the three-year-anniversary of Peaches Geldof’s death.
The beautiful daughter of Sir Bob Geldof tragically died from a heroin overdose at her Kent home aged 25 and the news broke the nation’s heart and shattered his world.
Peaches’ body was discovered by her husband Thomas Cohen at her £1million home, where she was taking care of her then 11-month-old son, Phaedra, while Thomas was visiting his parents with their eldest son Astala, 23-months.
The socialite belonged to the UK’s first celebrity family but her life and death mirrored that of her TV presenter mother Paula Yates’, who tragically suffered an identical fate in 2000.
Peaches once offered some insight into how their family coped with the passing of her mother when she was just 11 years old.
She told Elle magazine in 2011: “I remember the day my mother died, and it’s still hard to talk about it. I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father’s mentality was ‘keep calm and carry on’.”
A year after Peaches’ death, her father and Boomtown Rats legend admitted that the family were “suffocating with grief” which is why he proposed to his partner of 18 years, Jeanne Marine, the day after he buried his daughter.
Now the 65-year-old’s pal and long-time collaborator Midge Ure has now revealed that ‘carrying on” and diving back into music has helped Bob to cope.
He exclusively told Yahoo Celeb UK: “We text each other now and again. He’s out being Geldof The Rock Star, and it’s great. He’s out with his friends, he’s out doing the Boomtown Rats again, and that’s possibly the best thing he can do.”
But with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Kelly Osbourne recently announcing she was sectioned to get over drug and alcohol addiction, there is clearly a trend of rock stars’ children spiralling out of control.
However, Midge – who has four daughters – insisted drugs is not a problem that only famous people’s children face, and that youngsters are turning to drugs to fill the voids in their lives.
He added: “Kids have it difficult these days. When I was a kid I was destined for factory fodder. I knew what my role in life would be, I would get a trade, I would make a decent life doing that and serve some purpose. We have a few generations now and they come to the end of their school life and they have nothing in front of them at all. And that’s very very difficult.”
The star – who plays Cornbury Festival on July 9 – continued: “As a kid, there were drugs flying around but anything beyond smoking you couldn’t afford. These days there are so many drugs that can be bought for next to nothing. All these manufactured, chemical drugs you can buy on the internet, like Spice, some of them aren’t even illegal yet.
“When you’re 18 what else do you have to turn to? It’s not just that they’re the kids of famous people, it’s just that they’re children.”