Peaches Geldof's best friend Lily Gutierrez has written a heartfelt tribute to her friend to mark the second anniversary of her death. Lily had known Peaches since they were young girls, and opened up about the grief she felt upon learning of her friend's shock death in April 2014.
"I used to have a friend who was a firework of a girl, so brilliant, daring and bright that being near her I often felt I was holding my breath, waiting for the next vivid explosion," Lily wrote in a post on Motherland.net. "She was a wild, rare thing, always creating chaos. Her imagination was huge and she told fantastic tales – she was my favourite liar."
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Lily Gutierrez has written a moving tribute to Peaches Geldof
The pair were so close they moved to New York together, got married just a week apart and had matching tattoos. Lily described herself and Peaches as "twins in the universe", having shared many similar experiences – including the loss of their mothers at a young age.
Describing the things she misses about Peaches, Lily explained: "The thing I miss most about Peaches, above her quick wit and spark, above her ability to mesmerise, is her heart. I miss the heart she often tried to keep hidden, anyone who caught a glimpse of it knew it was gigantic."
Peaches was found dead in the Kent home she shared with her husband Thomas Cohen and their two young sons, Phaedra and Astala, in April 2014, having taken what an inquest found to be a "life-threatening" amount of heroin.
Peaches passed away at the home she shared with Thomas Cohen in April 2014
Thomas has also recently opened up about the grief he felt following Peaches' loss, revealing that he refused to become a "traumatised, grief-stricken single father".
"I'm not dissociating, hiding myself or escaping the reality of the situation. However, I'm not staying based in that trauma," he told The Sunday Times. "At the time I was 23. I had two children who needed to be taken care of, and, in maybe June 2014, I started to do that."
He continued: "I just made a decision to start looking after myself and refused to lose myself and become a traumatised, grief-stricken single father who everyone's going to look at and think I feel all these things about."