After an April 8 report claimed that Peaches’ tragic death may have been caused by her extreme diet, a close family friend reveals in a new interview that she was worried about Peaches’ self-esteem and her shocking post-baby weight loss. Could an eating disorder have led to the 25-year-old mother of two’s untimely passing?
After Peaches Geldof died suddenly on April 6, many people were quick to speculate that she died of a drug overdose, as her mother, Paula Yates, did in 2000. But a family friend, Gerry Agar, says that Peaches actually had another troubling thing in common with her late mother: eating issues. “I was worried about [Peaches’] weight loss,” Gerry says in a revealing new interview.
Peaches Geldof’s Weight Loss: Friends Were Worried About Her Self-Esteem
After police revealed on April 7 that Peaches’ tragic death didn’t appear to be a drug overdose or a suicide, the coroner is exploring the possibility that she died of natural causes. However, a new report alleges that Peaches may have put her life at risk with her strict diet.
Now a new interview with Peaches’ family friend Gerry Agar seems to support that theory. Gerry tells the UK’s Daily Mail that Peaches may have been suffering from an eating disorder before her death, just as her mother did before her.
“I was worried about [Peaches’] weight loss. You could see that she was struggling with self-esteem issues — just as Paula did,” Gerry says. “She even had fillers in her lips just like Paula did at the end of her life.”
Gerry says that people have drawn a parallel between Peaches and Paula because they “both did drugs,” but “it was the eating issues that they really had in common.”
“Paula was very, very badly anorexic, and it was really only when she was first with Michael [Hutchence, the Australian musician whom she left ex-husband Bob Geldof for] that she loved herself enough to stop.”
Gerry says Paula may have been bulimic as well. “I remember Bob Geldof once told me that he used to help her to take care of her teeth because all of the vomiting made them really bad.”
Could Paula have passed her eating issues on to her daughter?
“Peaches lost such a lot of weight and then talked in interviews about going on juice-only diets. I remember very well Paula’s efforts to lose weight after Tiger [her fourth daughter] was born were extreme,” Gerry says. “She was determined to drop the ‘baby weight’ — and she lived on nothing, literally just a brussels sprout a day.”
Peaches Geldof: ‘At Risk Of Cardiac Arrest’ Because Of Odd Diet
Peaches revealed in 2011 that she had started dieting by living off nothing but vegetable juices for weeks at a time, in an effort to shed baby weight after giving birth to her two young sons 13 months apart. “I do juicing. You juice vegetables and then you drink it three times a day. It’s gross. I do it usually for about a month,” Peaches told OK! magazine.
“I have days when I wake up and think, ‘I’m so fat,'” Peaches added in the interview.
Sadly, Peaches’ intense weight-loss efforts may have unwittingly been putting her life at risk. “Surviving on fruit is a very dangerous diet,” Cath Collins, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, told Mail Online at the time in 2011. “Peaches is at high risk of electrolyte abnormalities which could lead to acute cardiac arrest. It is what kills anorexics.”
So could this explain why Peaches died at such a young age? All we can say is, something unusual — like Peaches’ eating issues — must be at play, because there is nothing “natural” about a healthy-looking 25-year-old suddenly dying.
Our thoughts continue to be with Peaches’ loved ones during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee