The closest friends of the late Jade Goody have spoken about her 10 years after she died.
Kelly Wyatt, Jennifer Smith, Charlene Steele and Caroline Silverstein – who were the ex-Big Brother star’s bridesmaids at her wedding a month before her death – have explained how they try to care for her sons, Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, in her absence.
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Remembering: The closest friends of the late Jade Goody have spoken about her 10 years after she died, and explained how they try to care for her sons, Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, in her absence [pictured in 2006]
Jennifer recalled: ‘We told her we would be there for them. She was pleased. We do all the things Jade would have done if she was here — give them lifts, have sleepovers with them, text them to tell them we love them and embarrass them in front of all their friends.’
Jade died from cervical cancer aged 27, six months after receiving the tragic diagnosis. She passed away on March 22, 2009.
She shared her boys with Jeff Brazier, 39, but was no longer in a relationship with him. She married boyfriend Jack Tweed, 31, in the weeks leading up to her death.
Her friends also revealed that Jack no longer sees Jade’s sons, and that their lives are very much centered around their father Jeff and his new wife, PR director Kate Dwyer.
Sons: Jade shared her boys with Jeff Brazier, 39, but was no longer in a relationship with him
Jennifer recalled: ‘We told her we would be there for them. She was pleased. They’re a testament to Jade but they have had difficult times and counselling. We can’t replace their mum but we help keep Jade’s spirit alive’
Honest: Jade’s friend recalled that she helped the reality star to her bed on the day of her and Jack’s nuptials, with Jade having to leave the reception early due to her condition
Caroline recalled that she helped Jade to her bed on the day of her and Jack’s nuptials, with Jade having to leave the reception early due to her condition.
‘Jack came up briefly. Jade was out of it and asleep. I told her the next day he’d stayed with her all night, she didn’t need to know any different,’ Caroline said, as Jennifer added: ‘He was drinking and dancing. He stayed out late with the boys. He pushed his pals around in her wheelchair.’
Bobby has also started a modelling career this year – proving to be the spitting image of his late mum.
After he posted a headshot to Instagram on Saturday, fans were sure to leave gushing comments beneath the Instagram post.
Pictured: Jeff and his sons in 2005 at an event in London
Tragic: Jade died from cervical cancer aged 27, six months after receiving the tragic diagnosis. She passed away on March 22, 2009
It’s all relative: Jade’s son Bobby has started a modelling career
‘All handsome but 2 ya are ya Mams double she be so proud of you both beautiful boys,’ one fan wrote, spearheading the commentary on Instagram.
Others wrote: ‘Image of his mam’; ‘He looks so much like jade’; ‘Spitting image of your mum. Beautiful photos’; ‘You look so much like your mum’.
Bobby started the conversation on his social media post as he asked: ‘‘1, 2 or 3 ? ❤️ like your favourite x.’
Former Big Brother star Jade died aged 27 on March 22 2009, with ex Jeff raising sons alone.
As well as commenting on the likeness between the youngster and his mum, fans remarked how proud Jade would be of her eldest boy.
Double take: As well as commenting on the likeness between the youngster and his mum, fans remarked how proud Jade would be of her eldest boy
Fans wrote: ‘Your the double of your beautiful mum she would be so proud of you both.’
‘You look so much like your mum. She would be so proud of you and your brother. Your dad has done a fantastic job bringing up you lads. X’
‘You’re mum would be so proud of her handsome young man x.’
So sweet: The 15-year-old is chasing a career in modelling as the 10-year anniversary of his Big Brother star mum’s death looms in upcoming weeks
‘They are all lovely pictures. Such a handsome young man and so much like his dear Mum to look at. Number 3 is my favourite picture/’
‘Wow bless Bobby what a lovely young man , dad must be so proud- he’s the image of mum and I know she is looking down with pride too x/’
‘How gorgeous you are and so like your lovely mom, I prefer 1 but all pics are really lovely xx.’
‘Oh Bobby. You are so like Mum. You will have plenty of girls after you.you are so good looking.’
Absolute spitting image! Fans insisted the model was the mirror image of his late mother in gushing comments left beneath the Instagram post
In recent weeks, Jeff said the upcoming anniversary had stirred up painful emotions for his children, reports
He said during a panel discussion for charity Grief Encounter which he is an ambassador: ‘We’re coming up close to the 10th anniversary, which is a really difficult time. It really stirs up so much in them. You can see their behaviour is slightly altered as a result.
‘You can see it, and it’s really difficult when your little babies are struggling or suffering with something that you can’t take away.’