Jeff Brazier reveals sons are ‘struggling’ ahead of the 10 year anniversary of Jade Goody’s death





Jade Goody’s ex Jeff Goody has revealed his sons are struggling ahead of the 10 year anniversary of their mother’s death from cervical cancer.

The former Big Brother star died aged 27 on March 22 2009, with Jeff raising sons Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, alone.

Speaking at a panel discussion for charity Grief Encounter which he is an ambassador for, Jeff, 39, said the upcoming anniversary had stirred up painful emotions for his children, reports The Sun.   

Family: Jade Goody's ex Jeff Goody has revealed his sons are struggling ahead of the 10 year anniversary of their mother's death from cervical cancer

Family: Jade Goody's ex Jeff Goody has revealed his sons are struggling ahead of the 10 year anniversary of their mother's death from cervical cancer

Family: Jade Goody’s ex Jeff Goody has revealed his sons are struggling ahead of the 10 year anniversary of their mother’s death from cervical cancer

Devoted mum: The former Big Brother star died aged 27 on March 22 2009, with Jeff raising sons Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, alone (pictured in 2003)

Devoted mum: The former Big Brother star died aged 27 on March 22 2009, with Jeff raising sons Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, alone (pictured in 2003)

Devoted mum: The former Big Brother star died aged 27 on March 22 2009, with Jeff raising sons Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, alone (pictured in 2003)

He said: ‘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.’ 

He said: ’10 years ago something happened that I couldn’t take away, and it’s been a crazy 10 years. We’ve gone up, we’ve gone down, we’ve gone up and that’s pretty much on a weekly basis. 

The former Shipwrecked star said he wants to ‘protect’ his boys but hopes eventually they can get to a point where they can talk about their grief openly.       

Devoted: Speaking at a panel discussion for charity Grief Encounter which he is an ambassador for, Jeff, 39, said the upcoming anniversary had stirred up painful emotions for his children, reports The Sun  (pictured with Jeff's wife Kate Dwyer)

Devoted: Speaking at a panel discussion for charity Grief Encounter which he is an ambassador for, Jeff, 39, said the upcoming anniversary had stirred up painful emotions for his children, reports The Sun  (pictured with Jeff's wife Kate Dwyer)

Devoted: Speaking at a panel discussion for charity Grief Encounter which he is an ambassador for, Jeff, 39, said the upcoming anniversary had stirred up painful emotions for his children, reports The Sun  (pictured with Jeff’s wife Kate Dwyer)

Jeff has been vocal about his efforts in helping others with grief, even penning the book The Grief Survival Guide. 

Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009 and told her disease was terminal while she was appearing on the Indian version of Big Brother. 

After her diagnosis, Jade’s cancer spread to her bowel, liver and groin and she underwent a lengthy procedure to remove a golfball-sized tumour. She died on Mother’s Day in March 2009.  

In the year of Jade’s very public battle with cancer, just as attendance at screenings began to decline, 0.4 million extra attendances occurred.  

Jade’s Legacy was a campaign set up to echo her call for more women to go for screening. 

He said: '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'

He said: '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'

He said: ‘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’

Jeff and Jade met in late 2002 after she leaped to fame in Big Brother. After just three months of dating, they found out she was pregnant with Bobby.

Both openly admitted the relationship had been volatile, and ended up splitting when Bobby was nine months old. 

It was shortly afterwards, they found out Jade was pregnant was Freddie.

Jeff admitted they had a difficult relationship following Freddie’s birth as they shared custody of the boys and it only improved when she was diagnosed with cancer just six months before she died. 

Speaking about life with his sons, Jeff explained on Loose Women: ‘As much as I try and be all and everything I can for them I can never replace mum. 

‘It’s a sense of identity that they lose because you find out a lot about who you are in life through who your mum is and who your dad is.

‘They’ve got one who’s present and still there and trying to get as much right as he can and obviously they’ve lost that big character that was their mum, someone who would have given them twice as much unconditional love as they receive. It’s hard on the kids.’

Jeff has kept his sons largely out of the public eyes since the death of their mother Jade. 

The presenter found love with Kate Dwyer and married her with his two sons acting as best men in Portugal last year.  

Happier times: Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009 and told her disease was terminal while she was appearing on the Indian version of Big Brother. She died on March 22, 2009 (pictured in 2003)

Happier times: Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009 and told her disease was terminal while she was appearing on the Indian version of Big Brother. She died on March 22, 2009 (pictured in 2003)

Happier times: Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009 and told her disease was terminal while she was appearing on the Indian version of Big Brother. She died on March 22, 2009 (pictured in 2003)

 

 



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