Thomas Cohen turns to TM to overcome the grief of losing Peaches Geldof
April 4, 2016
Opening up about the tragedy of losing his wife Peaches Geldof to a drug overdose, singer Thomas Cohen cites Transcendental Meditation practice as “key to recovery”.
In an interview with The Sunday Times magazine, Cohen said that he refused to lose himself and made a conscious decision to overcome the psychological trauma. “It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do,” Cohen admitted. “I started to do Transcendental Meditation, which helped a lot.”
Peaches – daughter of late TV presenter Paula Yates and Sir Bob Geldof – died of heroin overdose at her home in Wrotham, Kent, in 2014. The couple’s one-year-old son was also in the house during the tragic incident.
It was Cohen who found his wife’s body.
Peaches had struggled with drug abuse earlier in her life but had been clean for some years before relapsing in February 2013. Cohen later revealed how he had found messages on his wife’s mobile that indicated she was taking drugs again, and he said he’d confronted her immediately. Sadly, Peaches could not overcome her addiction and her death mirrored that of her mother who died of a heroin overdose back in 2000.
After Peaches’ passing, Cohen and his sons moved in with his parents, who live in east London. He is also understood to be very close to the Geldofs.
In the two years since the traumatic event, Cohen has found solace in his music and his first solo album Bloom Forever was written in the wake of the tragedy. One of the songs, “New Morning Comes,” was written about the love and support he has received from friends and family.
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