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Peaches Geldof’s widower Thomas Cohen gives rare interview about raising their sons alone

Hanna Fillingham

Peaches Geldof tragically died in her home back in 2014, aged just 25, leaving behind her husband, Thomas Cohen and their two young sons Astala and Phaedra. In a rare interview with German newspaper Bild, Thomas reflects on the tragic realisation that his children have now been alive longer than they knew their doting mum.“They have lived longer than they knew their mother," he said. "They were just one and two years. Now they are four and five.” On life as a single father, and his wishes for his children, the singer added: “I want them to be happy, I don't care what they end up doing. They are miraculously having happy childhoods which hopefully leads to happy fruitful lives.”

Peaches was a doting mum to her two young sons 

Thomas and Peaches married in 2012 

Thomas opened up to The Guardian about grief last year, saying that it should not be given a time limit, and is something that needs to be worked through fully. "Although it is obviously a very painful process, it is a process," he said. "If I'd given myself a time limit, then I wouldn't be able to do interviews now or even talk about it. And I do want to talk about it, in a very loving, kind way. Because that's the only way of doing it. It has to come from you. It has to be you that drags yourself out of it and faces that pain, which is so terrifying. It's not a case of saying: 'Right I'm done with that,' because it will come and bite you, basically."

The star said he found the process of writing songs soon after Peaches' death particularly cathartic. "And it gave me a purpose," he said. "Aside from parenthood, obviously, it was my only real personal belonging. I could create something new, rather than just be a single father, which is also what I am, but a musician, too."

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