He thinks it will be for the best.
Bob Geldof believes that Peaches Gedof’s children will not ‘crave to remember her’ because they were so young at the time of her death.
Speaking in his first interview since his daughter died suddenly in April, Bob says how he thinks it’s ‘healthier’ that his grandchildren don’t have any memories of their Mum.
He talked about the baby sons – Pheadra, one and Astala, two – that Peaches left behind, saying that practically speaking they probably will not miss a mother that they never knew.
Bob said; “My Mum died when I was six or seven, I have no memory of her but as you say, the world has moved on. I am shown photos, I really have no interest in that much because I have no memory of her.”
“So I don’t really remember her and I’m not sure that… they are so small the little chaps that… I’m not sure that they’ll have this craving to remember their Mum, and I think that is Healthy.
He also credits the boys’ other Grandparents and says that he doesn’t want the children ending up ‘wrapped up in the Geldof life’.
“I know that sounds very cold and empirical but obviously I have had to think about the rest of the family and Tom, their Dad, and Keith and Sue their grandparents who are amazing people and doing fantastically with the guys so, yeah, as I say, I don’t want them becoming wrapped up in the Geldof life.”
While he said he didn’t want to “emote on television” he thanked the public for their support.
“We were overwhelmed by people writing to us and in the kindest way; just complete strangers who felt it,” he said, before noting the “impact” his daughter had had on her generation.
“People would come up to me and say, ‘You’re Peaches Geldof’s dad aren’t you?’ And I liked it. I liked being Peaches Geldof’s dad.”
Bob also opened up about his grieving, saying how sometimes his grief hits him unexpectedly.
“You’ll be walking down the road and suddenly, out of the blue, there’s an awareness of her. And I buckle,” he said.
He described the pain he has suffered since Peaches Geldof’s death as ‘intolerable’.
“It’s intolerable, it’s very hard as everyone must realise, especially if it has happened to them too. Then what else do you do? You get on with it.”
“You just keep going, there’s not many options,” he said.
He says that now he is using music as therapy and throwing himself back into work has proved his way of coping with the tregedy.
“Being on stage is entirely cathartic, it just clears your head,” he said.
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