Jeff Brazier shares heartbreaking tribute to ex Jade Goody 14 years after she died
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Jeff Brazier has shared a heartbreaking tribute to ex Jade Goody, saying it still feels ‘hard not to feel flat’ 14 years after her death.
Jade, who rose to fame on the third season of Channel 4 reality show Big Brother, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008, with doctors later confirming it had spread to other areas of her body, including her liver, bowel and groin.
She passed away in March the following year at the age of just 27, leaving her two kids with ex-partner Jeff Brazier, sons Bobby and Freddie.
Jeff, 43, has now paid tribute to the mother of his kids in a poignant Instagram post marking the anniversary of her death.
“14 years ago today,” he wrote in the post, which was accompanied by a picture of Jade with their two sons.
“Hard not to feel flat.
“The boys losing the most loving and protective mother any child could have hoped for at such a young age will never not feel ridiculously cruel.
“The most charismatic, loyal, inquisitive, adaptable and switched on person I’ve known.
“Her strength lives on in her children and I wanted to take a moment to honour her this evening and share that with you.”
Jeff said the family enjoyed a special moment when the song that Jade had sung on Stars in Their Eyes randomly came on at the barber shop.
He explained: “One highlight from today though, I took Fred for a trim at @haychembarbers and shortly after walking in we were greeted by the song ‘Rose Garden.’
“Not one you’d expect to hear too often but it was the song Jade sung on Stars in Their Eyes. Fred caught the significance and it was a wonderful moment that proves she’s with them all the way.”
Brazier added: "And on we go x."
In a recent interview, their eldest son Bobby - now 19 - said he doesn’t remember much about his mum, having been just five years old when she died.
When asked how much he could recall in an interview with The Times, the teenager replied: “Not a whole lot.
“Maybe memories of memories. I’m always being told about her and what she meant to people. I guess I know my mum through other people’s memories of my mum.”
In a previous interview with The Face, he also admitted he doesn’t even miss Jade - giving a heartbreaking reason why.
Bobby said: “I don’t. Because I don’t feel like I was with her long enough to miss her.
“[…] I feel like it’s unfair. I miss what could’ve been. I hear all the time she was such a presence, that she was one of a kind.
"What hurts most is that it wasn’t just losing anyone, it was losing Jade."
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677