For someone whose early years were so blighted by tragedy and loss, it is perhaps no surprise that Peaches Geldof was determined to create a picture-perfect home life for herself.
But, as was so often the case with poor Peaches, the carefully crafted image she sold to herself, as much as to the outside world, was in sharp contrast to the sad reality of her troubled existence.
Friends of the late 25-year-old TV presenter say that she was not only still fighting an addiction to heroin that, it was revealed this week, played a part in her death, but was also hooked on diet pills.
Partly fuelling these dependencies, they say, were the money troubles she was struggling with. She and her musician husband of two years, Tom Cohen, were said to have faced the prospect of having to sell their home to fund their costly lifestyle.
Friends say that Peaches had been in and out of rehab for several years - all of which was carefully hidden from the public.
Indeed, this week it was claimed that in the days before her death, Peaches was secretly attending a drug treatment clinic close to her home in the Kent village of Wrotham, where she would arrive in a hoodie to collect prescriptions for the heroin substitute Methadone.
A bleak picture is emerging of how her life had spiralled out of control in recent months, as she fell back into addiction.
‘Peaches was up and down like a yo-yo with heroin,’ said Gerry Agar, a long-time family friend of the Geldofs. Miss Agar, who used to act as Paula Yates’s PR representative, added: ‘When she got married to Tom and had her babies, we all hoped that things would get better and they did - for a while. As far as I am concerned, some of her so-called friends were little more than facilitators.’
After a period where she was seemingly free from drugs, Peaches had, at some point, catastrophically, relapsed. Certainly, she had been the picture of radiant good health when she and Tom married in September 2012, but soon after Phaedra’s birth in April last year friends noticed she’d begun to look thin and hollow-eyed.
Clearly, she was in desperate need of help. But, according to those who knew her, Peaches’ problems had been greatly exacerbated in recent months by mixing hard drugs with strong diet pills.
One close friend said: ‘She wasn’t eating and she was taking diet pills, which gave her a buzz. Some people say the pills give you a similar boost to “speed”, and it got to the stage where she was taking them to give her the energy just to get up with the kids in the morning after she’d been up using heroin the night before. The whole thing was horrible and a disaster.’
Friends say she was loath to ask for help from her father, multi-millionaire Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, and that the pair had had little contact in the months before her death.
Indeed, in an interview two months before she died, Peaches claimed her father had barely seen her two boys, saying: ‘It really is his loss to be honest. He will regret it one day.’
The distance between them also meant that, crucially, Geldof was not able to intervene to force Peaches to get proper help, as he had done in the past.
On the day of her own death, Peaches, who was 11 when Miss Yates died, had posted a picture of herself as a young girl with her late mother on her Twitter page.
Many of those who knew Peaches believe that her obsession with her late mother had fatal consequences.
‘Peaches spent her life mythologising her mother and her death,’ says one friend. ‘When she spoke about Paula and the way she died, it was with a sense of awe. She felt her mother was a member of this very rock ’n’ roll club of famous people who lived fast and died young.’
Gerry Agar says: ‘Peaches was still in touch with a few of Paula’s old friends and I think that they helped to create an idealised picture of Paula in Peaches’ mind. '
‘And it was very hard for Peaches to try to live up to the image of Paula, whom she was constantly told was so beautiful, talented and successful.'
‘She was always told how alike they were, but Peaches knew she couldn’t compete. Peaches created this fantasy world about how her childhood with Paula was so idyllic, but I was there and it wasn’t.
Because Paula was a drug addict, a lot of Peaches’ early life was traumatic. It was not pleasant. But she was very like Paula in that they were both fantasists to some extent.’
Very sadly for the troubled Peaches, the fairytale world she attempted to construct for herself was, in the end, not enough to keep the demons of her past away.
the source is the daily mail so take it with a grain of salt, but if this is true this is even sadder :(