Six months after a heroin overdose led to the death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof, her father, legendary musician Bob Geldof is speaking out.
"You blame yourself, the father who's responsible, who clearly failed," he told ITV in an interview on Wednesday. "For anybody watching, who has a dead kid and you’re a parent. You go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go over, you go over. What could you have done? You do as much as you can."
Geldof said he didn't want to get too in-depth about it, but he did reveal he was aware Peaches was receiving treatment for her addiction.
"Of course I knew about it. We did more than talk about it," he explained. "She was an adult. When they are 18 they are off and running. But you advise, you are there -- the usual dad stuff. When they mess up you try to clean up the mess. You admonish. I'm certainly not benign about the whole thing."
The rocker is no stranger to tragedies of this nature as his ex-wife and Peaches' mother, Paula Yates, also died from a heroin overdose in September 2000. These days, he said he's found some solace while on stage, performing again with the Boomtown Rats.
"I put on my snakeskin suit and I can be this other thing. It is utterly cathartic those two hours. I am drained and it's a very brief respite," he explained. "It just so happened that this was available to me when the immensity, the enormity of losing my kid happened."