Peaches Geldof

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Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof on the red carpet at Lingerie London.jpg
Geldof in October 2012
Born Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof
(1989-03-13)13 March 1989
London, England[1]
Died 7 April 2014(2014-04-07) (aged 25)
Wrotham, Kent, England
Nationality British
Occupation Writer, presenter, model
Years active 2005–2014
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)[2]
Spouse(s)
Parents Bob Geldof (father)
Paula Yates (mother)
Relatives Pixie Geldof (sister)
Hughie Green (grandfather)

Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof[3][4] (13 March 1989 – 7 April 2014) was an English journalist, television presenter and model.

Life[edit]

Childhood[edit]

Geldof was born in London on 13 March 1989, the second daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates and the granddaughter of Hughie Green. Her sisters are Fifi Trixibelle Geldof and Pixie Geldof. She also had a younger half-sister, Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.[5]

She grew up in Chelsea, London, and Faversham, Kent, and was educated at Queen's College, London. After moving out of her father's house at the age of eighteen, she rented a flat in Islington, North London. She completed her A-Levels and was offered a place to read English at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, but deferred it to move to New York[5] with then-husband, Max Drummey.

Career[edit]

Geldof modelling at Lingerie London Event

Geldof wrote a magazine column for the UK edition of Elle Girl, starting with its April 2004 issue and continuing until the magazine folded in October 2005.[6] From ages 14 to 17, she wrote a weekly socio-political column for The Daily Telegraph, and wrote numerous articles for The Guardian.

She wrote and presented her own documentary TV programme, Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind in 2005, which was followed up with Peaches Geldof: Teen America, which aired on Sky One in the UK on 1 March 2006.[7] In 2006, Geldof was placed at number seven in the Tatler's list of Top Ten Fashion Icons for the year, the youngest person on the list.[8]

In September 2007, Geldof made her catwalk début modelling for PPQ at London Fashion Week. She was also announced as the face of the Australian fashion line Dotti.[9] Premiering on 19 October 2008 was Peaches: Disappear Here, a MTV One reality show in which she founds a new youth-oriented magazine.[10]

In 2009, Geldof was signed to a six-figure modelling deal to become the face of the Miss Ultimo collection. Michelle Mone, the head of Ultimo underwear said at the time "Peaches was the perfect choice for this campaign. She's young, edgy with lashings of style." The collection was launched at the Debenhams department store in Oxford Street in May 2009.[citation needed] She was subsequently dropped from the Ultimo brand in March 2010 after nude pictures and allegations of drug use were posted on the Internet and published in the media. Geldof vehemently denied the claims and said, "I am disappointed that Ultimo has decided not to extend my contract based on a wildly exaggerated account of a night in Los Angeles five months ago." Mone said that "as a brand that targets young women, we feel it is impossible for Peaches to continue."[11][12]

In 2011, Geldof presented a six-part series on ITV2 called OMG! with Peaches Geldof, a magazine-format chat and guest show with audience participation.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Geldof attending Twenty8Twelve fashion show, 2009

On 5 August 2008, Geldof married Max Drummey, an American musician from the band Chester French, at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. On 7 February 2009, the couple announced that they had amicably decided to end their marriage.[14] On 18 April 2011, Drummey filed for divorce in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.[15]

Geldof then married Thomas Cohen, lead singer of the South East London band S.C.U.M on 8 September 2012 at the same church in Davington where her parents married 26 years earlier, and also where her mother's funeral was held in 2000.[16] Geldof had two sons with Cohen.

In 2009, when interviewed by Fearne Cotton for the documentary show When Fearne Met Peaches Geldof on ITV2, Geldof professed to being a Scientologist[17][18] and in November that year she attended the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex. She later became interested in her husband's Judaism and in 2013 began to express interest in the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), describing it as "a belief system to apply to day-to-day life to attain peacefulness". She had the initials OTO tattooed on her left forearm.[1]

In a 2013 interview with Elle magazine, Geldof explained how difficult the process of coming to terms with her mother's death was:

I remember the day my mother died, and it's still hard to talk about it. I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father's mentality was 'keep calm and carry on'. So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened. But it had happened. I didn't grieve. I didn't cry at her funeral. I couldn't express anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn't start grieving for my mother properly until I was maybe 16.[19]

The final post to Geldof's Twitter account, on 6 April, included a photograph of her as a baby in her mother's arms.[20] She once described herself as "never that wild."[19]

Death[edit]

On 7 April 2014, Geldof died, at the age of 25, at her home in Wrotham, Kent.[19][21] The initial Kent Police statement reads: "At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden."[22] Bob Geldof said in a statement: "We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. We loved her and will cherish her forever."[19] Her widower Thomas Cohen said in a statement: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day."[23]

On 9 April 2014, it was reported that Geldof's autopsy had been inconclusive and toxicology testing, which could take "several weeks", will be conducted to determine her cause of death.[24] Her body was released to her family the next day.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peaches Geldof - obituary". The Daily Telegraph (London). 7 Apr 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Peaches Geldof Harshes on Ed Westwick". New York. 
  3. ^ "Just to clarify once and for all, my name is Peaches Honeyblossom (ridiculous, I know!) -The rest of the added names have never been mine.". Peaches Geldof – via Twitter. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Search general register office (GRO)birth records, 1761-2006 | Fully indexed birth records". Findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Cooke, Rachel (11 January 2009). "Interview: Peaches Geldof". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Cederwell, William (24 March 2004). "Lessons in fear and loathing". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Crampton, Robert (25 February 2006). "She's so, like, 21st century". The Times (London, UK). Retrieved 9 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Camilla hits best-dressed list". u.tv. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2007. 
  9. ^ Melocco, Jen (17 August 2007). "Peaches Geldof new face for Australian Dotti". news.com.au. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "Peaches:Disappear Here". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Noah, Sherna (29 March 2010). "Peaches Geldof dropped by lingerie company Ultimo". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Underwear Label, Ultimo, Dumps Peaches Geldof". Courtesy: Agencies – via Oneindia.in. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Peaches Geldof is to present a new ITV2 show that will try and help solve people's real-life problems.". musicrooms.net. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Marriage over for Peaches Geldof". BBC News. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Reich, Ashley (22 April 2011). "Peaches Geldof's Husband Maxwell Drummey Files for Divorce". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Peaches Geldof Reveals Wedding Pics: 'I Felt My Mother Watching Over Me'". Huffington Post. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Hyde, Marina (29 October 2009). "Peaches Geldof on the origins of the universe". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  18. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 October 2009). "Peaches: 'Scientology makes me happy'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Peaches Geldof dies aged 25". BBC News. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "BBC News - Peaches Geldof post-mortem 'inconclusive'". BBC Online. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Whoop its my birthday! Today should be fun x". Peaches Geldof via Twitter. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "Death of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham". Kent Police. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "English Socialite and Model Peaches Geldof passes away at 25". news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Peaches Geldof post-mortem 'inconclusive'". BBC. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Peaches Geldof: Body released for funeral". BBC. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

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