Bob Geldof says he is “proud” of his late daughter Peaches for the way she represented her generation’s attitudes.
In one of his first public appearances since his 25-year old daughter died at her home in Kent in April, Geldof told Chris Evans’ Radio 2 show this morning that he has received many letters from members of the public and that he was struck in particular by those from younger people.
“Her generation, the 20 year olds, the 18 year olds, their response was such shock because there you are, your life is ahead of you, you have got no concept of a finishing line approaching you,” Geldof said.
Speaking alongside Michael Parkinson on the show he added: “With Parkinson and myself, we can see [the finishing line] hovering in the near distance. You are 21, you are full of fear of what the world is, what you are going to contribute to the world, what the world expects of you, whether you are going to do anything and this kid of mine, she seemed to for some reason to sum up some sort of attitude. I’m proud of that.”
He said the many letters of condolence he received from the public since her death had been a great help to him.
“Everyone says this sort of thing, I was overwhelmed, I mean, immense. It’s a cliche also but it really helps. Not just the number of letters but just the sentiment. Some of the stories they tell you are heart-rending as you know but just the sentiment, one line. I was amazed by the impact of her on her generation.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.