Grazia's Lottie Lumsden was one of the last people to interview Peaches Geldof. As news breaks of Peaches' death at the age of 25, Lottie remembers how happy she was on the day of our shoot...
Peaches found contentment as a mother [Instagram]
Over the years, I met Peaches on many occasions, mainly in her party days, before she married her beloved second husband Tom. Then, last August, I had the pleasure of spending the day with her when we shot her for Grazia.
I had always liked her, she had real spirit, was super intelligent and could hold her own, but that day she was different somehow and glowed with happiness. She had only recently married Tom and had her second son, Phaedra, who was four months old at the time. Our interview was focused entirely on her new life as ‘Mama’, as she liked to call herself, and she couldn’t stop showing me pictures of her sons, Phaedra and Astala, Tom and their golden retriever Parper, who were quite clearly her world.
Peaches often shared family photos on her Instagram account [Instagram]
Peaches was very proud because ‘Phaedy’ had apparently learned how to murmur what sounded like ‘hello’ that week. She also laughed a lot about her eldest son Astala (who was 16 months old at the time) who had taken to shouting ‘tractor’ at everything. ‘I think he’s a bit confused right now,’ she told me.
Life had changed a lot for Peaches since I had last seen her. ‘I’m in bed by 8pm nearly every night. I’m soppy these days. Before, I was like the Iron Lady, very cynical. Now I’m the soft, cheesy pizza lady. I feel like I grew up a lot when I had the children. It healed many things in me that were painful.’
She was also very reflective about her mother Paula Yates, who died from a heroin overdose when Peaches was only 11-years-old. ‘When my sons were born, I could be reborn as a wife and mother,’ she said. ‘Out of my sisters, I’m most like my mother. My father says that to me. I look like her and her personality has rubbed off on me… My parenting is also about patience and love, which was the way she was most of the time.’
Thomas Cohen and Peaches Geldof at 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' premiere in January 2014 (WireImage)
Peaches was also days away from leaving London and moving to Kent and was incredibly excited at the prospect of settling down in the countryside with Tom and the boys.
‘Getting married to the right person changed me too,’ she told me. ‘I had to ground myself. I was spinning round the world and when the children came they anchored me in place. It has made me more stable. I always craved that happy family.’
Sadly she only had a short amount of her time with her little family there. She will be greatly missed.