Peaches Geldof: “I did experiment with drugs, but I was never that wild”

Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof is profiled in the December issue of Elle UK, and I’ve included the magazine’s sole photo of her below, but I also wanted to include some pictures of Peaches at the Agent Provocateur fashion show in London on 10/24. She looks pretty good here, right? And she’s also fairly classy looking considering that she’s flanked by bunch of bra-and-panty clad models while they all sashay down the runway. Peaches has a history with the company and previously modelled for them in their Season of the Witch campaign, and she probably made some nice change for this runway gig too.

For whatever reason (her name, obviously), the London fashion scene has always embraced Peaches, and she is most often photographed these days at fashion events when she’s not posing with baby Astala on her Twitter page. Her Elle UK interview makes it rather obvious that, at least as far as appearances are concerned, she’s cleaned up her act for good. It’s easy to forget that Peaches lost her mother, Paula Yates at age 11, but I think becoming a mother herself has helped her heal a bit. Here are some excerpts:

Peaches Geldof

Her parents divorced when she was 7: “My parents had gone through a very public, bitter divorce and I was very much old enough to see what was going on. People talked about us and I knew it was horrendously bad. I was completely aware of the whole situation, the transition of my mother who was amazing, who wrote books on parenting, who gave us this idyllic childhood in Kent’ and who then turned into this heartbroken shell of a woman who was just medicating to get through the day. On top of that, there was my father who was very embittered and depressed about it and for us children, an environment that was impossible, veering between a week with my mother that was complete chaos, and then with my father, which was almost Dickensian — homework, dinner, bed — because he was trying in his own way to combat what was going on at my mother’s. It was like living on a permanent see-saw and very scary and sad. Those feelings have always stayed with me, they just never went away.”

On Paula Yates’ death: “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.”

On Paula’s memory “I don’t blame her, I’m not angry with her, I understand her… I honestly understand what she was going through.”

About that party girl image: “I did experiment with drugs, I did get drunk and go to parties, but I was never that wild. I could have been, I could have let myself spiral but all the time I remembered what happened to my mum.”

On Astala: “His birth was like a rebirth for me, and I honestly never thought anything in my life would ever be good. I’m obsessed with getting it right. The second I held him it was like this missing piece of my life being put into place; everything started to heal. The very worst thing that happened to me started with my parents’’divorce, it really affected the rest of my life. Even if it’s an archaic idea I want Astala to have a mummy and daddy together for ever. It’s a commitment. I want to be a good wife, a good mother, a good person.”

[From Elle UK]

I think Peaches takes being a mother very seriously, and the situation with her mother is simply tragic. However — and if you don’t mind me being superficial — can I just say that she looks so much better these days than when she was living in Los Angeles and dating Eli Roth? No more fake orange tan and no more trashy nip slips on the red carpet. Peaches looks lovely and healthy here. Let’s hope the trend continues.

Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof

Photos courtesy of Elle UK and WENN

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  1. Victoria says:

    You forgot to include the pictures of her kid falling out of the stroller while she gabbed on her cellphone. Hilarious

  2. Shitler says:

    I swear, Y’all are determined to make this girl ‘happen’

  3. mln76 says:

    Seems like she may have grown up (dare I say)…she is still kind of useless though.

  4. Eleonor says:

    I think Peaches has had a lot of issues in the past, I believe she has had some serious drug problem, if she doesn’t want to talk publicy I’m ok with it; but she has lost contracts for her wild drugged behaviour.
    Probably motherhood and a family are giving her the stability and the happiness she was looking for.
    Her evolution reminds me of Nicole Richie.

  5. Micki says:

    If she takes “drug addict=wild” then she probably wasn’t.
    I had to smile to the very British “‘keep calm and carry on.’” but for some it’s a working coping strategy.
    And is she wearing a knock-off Pipa’s wedding gown?

  6. Po says:

    Nice interview. If she hadn’t tried to downplay her wreckless behavior, I would have called it a great interview.

    • Elizabeth says:

      +1. I would have been more impressed if she had been honest about her “drug dabbling” days. If you don’t want to talk about it, fine. But don’t think we can remember a few years back, honey, when your drugged out photos hit the internet. Glad to see that she is trying to live a healthier life but she’s kinda lying about her past. Sad stuff about her mother though.

      • Raven says:

        She reminds me a lot of Kate Moss with these statements essentially denying her heavy drug use in the past. I’m wondering if one reason both appear to be rewriting history is because of their children.

      • Stellax2 says:

        @Raven, I tend to agree with you. I doubt she wants her to child to ever read about her drug fueled addled days. It’s already well documented around the internet. The child will know enough.

        I hope she has really cleaned up and continues on this path for her own bloody good and her child.

        I remember her parent’s public divorce, Paula’s subsequent relationship with Hutchence, drugs, etc.
        I was not surprised when she passed. She seemed like she was in alot of emotional pain based on interviews and appearances.

        Sir Bob seems to have his own issues too. I always gave him credit for taking Paula and Michael’s child in though, it takes something to reach out in that fashion.

  7. Bubbling says:

    And now I want Agent Provocateur lingerie in my life…

  8. hatsumomo says:

    Liar, Liar pants on fire. Im willing to bet my left tit this trick is still on the bad stuff. She was never that skinny naturally.

    • Gia says:

      No sh-t! My ass she is healthy…she obviously has an eating disorder. I saw one interview with her from a few years ago, when she first got into Scientology and she was unbelievably rude. She took a nap in the middle of the interview, said ‘like’ about 50000 times and could barely form a coherent sentence. I’m all for cleaning up your life but I’m not buying it. I swear, you have a baby in the ‘celebrity’ world and the next thing you know you’re all innocence and home cooking. Bulls-it I say!!!!