Peaches Geldof’s husband has opened up about the moment he found the TV presenter dead in their Kent home in 2014.
The late daughter of Sir Bob Geldof, 25, died following a heroin overdose and Thomas Cohen – who shared two sons Astala, five, and Phaedra, four with the star – has given a rare and candid interview about her death to a German newspaper, admitting he was not surprised when he discovered her body.
Thomas admitted he ‘was not surprised’ by her death, and said he was said that their boys had lived “longer than they knew their mother”.
The 26-year-old musician added he was trying to keep a routine with their children only an hour after her death.
He said: “When I found her, I was not surprised. I thought to myself at the moment, ‘Yes of course – you had to do that.’ What I can remember, it must have been an hour after I found her, that it’s time for the kids’ lunch.
“They needed their lunch. So I took the children’s chairs to the table, took the yoghurts out of the fridge, the bananas … After that, we drove here.”
“he routine I had to keep up with the children helped me a lot. They have lived longer than they knew their mother. They were just one and two years. Now they are four and five.”
Speaking about the drug that killed Peaches, he told German newspaper Bild: “Heroin, is a drug where you’re trying to enforce something on you that’s greater than life. You can only really… its horrible you’re filling your body with something.”
“It was incredible traumatising, after it happened… a few months after. it was so deeply traumatising you know that moment.”
Thomas previously admitted he was constantly “scared” throughout his marriage to Peaches.
He told The Guardian newspaper last year: “I think any time you love someone, you’re slightly scared of it. But when they have addiction issues and the border of life and death is so constant and close and intertwined throughout the whole thing, it’s heightened. But that doesn’t take away from any of the experience or relationship.”
Thomas penned a “brutally honest” track, ‘Country Home’, about finding Peaches’ body in the hope it would “transform the pain” of her death.
He added: “I just wanted … God, no, it was the last thing I wanted to do, but I needed to somehow transform that pain.
“There’s not much poetry to it. It’s just brutally honest. But once I’d finished the song, it was mixed and we rehearsed it a few times, it just felt like a song. I’m not really reliving something every time I hear it.”