Her death affected him ‘profoundly’, but Sir Bob Geldof has admitted he ‘half-expected’ the tragic loss of his daughter Peaches.
The Irish musician and philanthropist spoke movingly about three women in his life who died before their time – his mother, his estranged wife Paula Yates and his beloved daughter.
Boomtown Rats singer Geldof, 64, told of how he finds the passing of the young mother-of-two aged just 25 as ‘unbearable’ and that her sudden death in April 2014, from a heroin overdose, has had the biggest impact on him.
He said the memory of her is with him every day.
‘Part of me kind of half-expected [it with] Peaches, to be honest with you, the way she was carrying on, there’s nothing you can do about it,’ Geldof said, speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTE Radio 1.
‘But she is the one who is with me every second of the day and she is the one who bounds into my consciousness at any moment, especially in any down moment, where I’m not doing something.
‘She’s very present.That’s incomprehensible to me still. This thing of being forever 25 in my head, that’s unbearable, simply because of that cliché, you’re not supposed to see your children die.’
Geldof also revealed how he and his children were enjoying a birthday breakfast for his daughter Pixie when he received the call that his ex Paula Yates was dead at the age of 41.
He said he had to respond matter-of-factly when he answered the phone and waited until Pixie had opened her presents before breaking the news.
‘I didn’t know what to do when I got the phone call at 10.30 on a Saturday morning. It was Pixie’s 10th birthday, and the children were living with me.
‘The kids were all excited opening presents so I had to pull right back and just say words like “Yeah, okay, can’t speak now”’.
The Dubliner admitted he spoke the same words to Peaches’ children that his father said to him after his own mother died.
‘I said exactly what my father has said to me, I said, “Your Mum died last night”. That was it.
‘With Paula the leaving me was worse than the dying. I couldn’t understand it, I loved her profoundly. I didn’t understand then that love is not enough.’
Geldof and The Boomtown Rats are set to play a special 40th anniversary gig at the Olympia Theatre on Sunday December 6.
By Laura Butler