The life of Peaches Geldof, who's sudden death has left us shocked and saddened
The death of Peaches Geldof yesterday has brought on a wave of shock and sadness across social media as people try to come to terms with what was a sudden and unexpected tragedy. At just 25 years old the daughter of Bob Geldof lived a short life which saw her transform from a party girl teen into a devoted wife and mother. Whilst she was born with famous parents, Peaches carved out a career for herself in the media beyond her famous surname, always opinionated and never afraid to express herself, Peaches Geldof was a celebrity whose life encapsulated an often misunderstood generation who were just trying to find themselves.
Peaches Geldof pictured at a fashion show last week in what was to be her final public appearance
The second daughter of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates, Peaches was born in the spotlight. Her early life was described as idyllic until her parents separated and her mother tragically died when Peaches was aged just 11. The tragedy of her mother’s untimely death seemed to cast a dark shadow over Peaches, especially during her teenaged years when tabloids constantly drew comparisons between the two during her ‘wilder’ days. Peaches would say herself in her final interview that she had spent years struggling to know herself and “feeling lost at sea, rudderless and troubled” over her mother's death but that becoming a mother herself had helped heal her.
Behind the early media image of Peaches, there lay a writing talent which emerged young and continued throughout her life. At just 15 she was penning a fashion column for Elle Girl and later contributing to the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. Her way with words made her connect to a young audience who were also able to relate to her as a young girl trying to figure out the world. Alongside her writing, Peaches also forged a television career starting with the 2005 documentary 'Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind' and then 'Peaches Geldof: Teen America'. In 2011 she presented a six-part ITV2 series entitled 'OMG! with Peaches Geldof', a mixture of celebrity chat and audience participation.
Peaches Geldof who died yesterday aged 25
In the past few years the image of Peaches changed into that of a devoted young mother and wife who had swapped the London party scene for a quiet family life in Kent. After a brief marriage to musician Max Drummey, Peaches settled down with Thomas Cohen the lead singer of SCUM. The couple welcomed a son Astala in 2012 and a year later another boy, Phaedra. Her new life as a mother made her a vocal proponent of attachment parenting, which she argued in favour of on an ITV debate late last year against Katie Hopkins, putting her back in the spotlight, this time as a hero. At the time of her death Peaches was about to embark on a new role which seemed to suit her new life perfectly, as columnist for Mother and Baby magazine.
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