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Sir Bob Geldof Reveals He Contemplated Suicide After Daughter Peaches' Death

'I had the sanity, luckily, to phone a friend.'

28/03/2016 07:49

Sir Bob Geldof has spoken candidly of how he contemplated suicide following the death of his daughter Peaches

The singer has admitted he struggled to cope after Peaches died after a heroin overdose in 2014

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Bob Geldof with late daughter, Peaches
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Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose in 2014

Adding of how his close friends had helped him through the aftermath of Peaches' death, Bob said: "Men and women are very different. Women want you to talk everything out whereas with men it's good enough if we're just each other.

"I remember the lads coming around and just occasionally catching each other's eye. Nobody really said anything but when they'd all gone I felt they had given me a bit of relief."

Peaches was found dead at the home she shared with husband Thomas Cohen and their two sons, Astala and Phaedra, in April 2014. 

It was later revealed that she had overdosed on heroin, tragically dying in the same way as her mother, Paula Yates, did in 2000. 

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Bob married long-term partner Jeanne Marine last year

Since Peaches' death, Bob has found tied the knot with long-term partner, Jeanne Marine, who he married last year. 

He previously claimed that proposing to her had helped him come to terms with the loss of his daughter, explaining to an Irish radio station that he "couldn't have survived" without her. 

"We could either let time do its thing [to heal the grief], but time doesn't heal, it just accommodates," he told RTE Radio One.

"You just push it [grief] to the side until it forces its way to your foreconscious again, and then you have to move it and place it back to this deep dark dungeon.

"I thought, 'I have to do something.'"

Useful websites and helplines:
  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Get Connected is a free advice service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: help@getconnected.org.uk
  • HopeLine runs a confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide. Mon-Fri 10-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm on 0800 068 41 41

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