Saturday 20 April 2019

Jack Tweed ‘can’t really’ move on 10 years after wife Jade Goody’s death

The 31-year-old, who married the reality TV star a month before her death a decade ago, said he cannot get into a new relationship.

Jack Tweed said he is unable to move on 10 years after wife Jade Goody’s death (Chris Radburn/PA)
Jack Tweed said he is unable to move on 10 years after wife Jade Goody’s death (Chris Radburn/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Jade Goody’s widower Jack Tweed has said he has been unable to move on and find love again, 10 years after her death.

The former Big Brother star died of cervical cancer on March 22 2009 at the age of 27, just one month after she and Tweed married in an emotional ceremony.

Tweed told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I did try and move on, but I think I sort of rushed into it, and was trying to look for a replacement and it didn’t seem to work.

“It wasn’t the right thing.

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Jade Goody (Ian West/PA)

“I can’t really, I don’t really have that feeling, the same feeling that I had for Jade, I can’t really feel that for anyone else.

“So I don’t think it’s the right thing to do to get into a relationship.”

Tweed, 31, was joined on the programme by Goody’s mother, Jackiey Budden, who told him: “You have to, she’d want you to.”

He said it would “not be fair on the other person”, but Budden added: “She would love Jack to be happy and have someone, she would.

“She’d like you to have children and have someone.”

Tweed also said he frequently remembers Goody laughing, because “that’s all she ever did”.

He said: “Even right up until the end she was laughing, every single day.

“She was such a happy, positive person, she was. You could never be down or depressed when you were with her.”

Last month, Tweed marked the 10th anniversary of their wedding, which took place on February 22 2009, with a post on social media.

Along with a selection of pictures from their wedding day and throughout their relationship, he wrote: “10 years ago today I married my angel jade, not one day passes with you not in my thoughts #jadeslegacy #raiseawareness #cervicalcancer #smeartest.”

Goody is survived by her sons Bobby, 15, and Freddie, 14, with her ex-boyfriend Jeff Brazier.

The reality TV, who star rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002, raised awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of attending smear tests before her death from the disease that had spread to her liver, groin and bowel.

Following her death, she was hailed by cancer organisations for prompting an increase in people seeking information about the disease, and around half a million more women attended the tests in the month after her death.

However, screening rates have been falling since then, and charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has now made calls for the NHS to roll out home-testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV) in a bid to diagnose more women with the disease at an earlier stage.

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