Peaches Geldof, at the tender age of 25, is dead from an overdose of heroin, leading people to wonder who she really was aside from being a young heiress. Last month, her life came to an abrupt end and the outpouring of love for her was great, until everyone found out it was a drug overdose that killed Geldof. Now, everyone is taking to Twitter to say how selfish and unforgivable her death was. Geldof started her career in 2004 at the age of 15, writing a column for Elle Magazine and the Daily Telegraph. She also had a career in modeling and as a TV presenter, including hosting the TV program, OMG! She left home at the age of 16 to write for such publications as Nylon and The Guardian in the U.K.
Her father, Bob Geldof, was a singer in the band Boomtown Rats, and her mother, Paula Yates, was a TV presenter who died in 2000 of a heroin overdose, which greatly affected Peaches Geldof. She was only 11 years old at the time. In later interviews, she would mention that she was still having trouble dealing with her mother’s untimely death. In 2008, Peaches Geldof moved to New York to further her writing career. Not long after, she met her soon-to-be husband, Max Drummey, singer in the American band Chester French. Ten days later they were married in Las Vegas. Only a few months later they would split, and in 2009, Drummey would admit that it was all a publicity stunt, although it would be two more years before they would obtain their divorce. Peaches Geldof admits she did not enter the marriage thinking Drummey was her forever, which suggests that it was a publicity stunt from the beginning. She then met her current husband, Thomas Cohen, singer of the now split-up band S.C.U.M. and father of their two boys.
Peaches Geldof’s untimely death makes people want to know even more who she really was, especially since she was named one of the youngest fashion icons. The most important thing in recent years to Peaches Geldof was her children. She felt that becoming a mother was the most important thing and was an advocate of attachment parenting, which gained her the nickname “Earth Mother.” She even went head-to-head with Katie Hopkins to let everyone know she supported gay rights. She was also a vegetarian and against the English tradition of fox hunting. Out of all of her siblings, she was probably the most outspoken of the four girls.
Even though Peaches Geldof was a model herself, she did not have a really great view of them, but who would after being in the industry? Another unknown fact is that in 2009, she was briefly the editor of her own magazine called Disappear Here. Peaches Geldof also mentioned as a teenager that she experimented with drugs. She even had a close call in 2008 with a drug overdose. Some question why she would need the drugs in the first place as she had it all, but really, according to experts, using drugs is about fixing what is wrong internally, not externally. Heroin takes away the feeling of loneliness and anxiety and while this was not a sound choice on her part, she was addicted and had obviously lost control. What remains is that this journalist’s death is still a great tragedy because two young boys will grow up without a mother. The death of Peaches Geldof is a public reminder of what can happen if drugs are a factor in one’s life.
Opinion by Heather Tillman