He paid tribute to his daughter Peaches Geldof as the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest" of their clan. Now as the anniversary of her death last April draws near, Bob Geldof is drawing comfort from her brightest legacy, her children Astala, three, and Phaedra, 23 months. The musician and philanthropist was spotted enjoying a family day out with her husband Thomas Cohen and his grandchildren at the weekend.
Accompanied by Peaches' younger sister Pixie, Sir Bob was seen visiting a cafe in London with the boys and their father. Looking every inch the doting grandfather, he fussed over the two little ones, who both have a crop of blonde curls. He made sure they were wrapped up warm and carried Astala on his hip, while Tom took Phaedra.
It's thought that Pixie and her sisters Fifi and Tiger Lily often drop in to their brother-in-law's house to help out with their nephews.
In an interview on ITV's Lorraine Live, Bob has praised Tom and his parents for their work in raising his grandchildren.
He said: "They are young enough, you know this terrible expression, to be able to build an emotion, relationships away from the primary relationship with the mother.
"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."
The 63-year-old has tried to ease his grief by performing again, describing it as "cathartic". He also organised the Band Aid 30 remake of Do They Know It's Christmas? involving many of Britain's top musicians to fight Ebola. The single became the fastest selling record of 2014 after one day in the charts.