In an emotional interview, he spoke of the impact of the deaths of three women in his life – his mother, his former wife Paula Yates and his 25-year-old child.
“It’s different, I mean, part of me kind of half expected Peaches, to be honest with you,” he said in an interview for RTE radio’s Sunday with Miriam.
The Boomtown Rats frontman said he felt lucky that he had music to help deal with grief and could write a song about Peaches, who died of a drug overdose in 2014.
“It will out. I’m a lucky man. I get to realise these things in songs,” he said. “I feel afterwards light, literally light. My head is clear, there is no ache, there’s no gut sadness.”