Monday 14 October 2019

'I haven't been able to move on and find love since Jade died 10 years ago' - Widower Jack Tweed

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)
Jade Goody and Jack Tweedy arrive for Celebrity Big Brother series five at Elstree Studios on January 5, 2007 in London, England (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody (PA)
Jade Goody died of cervical cancer at the age of 27 (Yui Mok/PA)
Jade Goody with Big Brother housemate Shilpa Shetty
Jade Goody will be the subject of a new Channel 4 series (Ian West/PA)

Lucy Mapstone

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.

"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," Tweed told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

"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".

"Even right up until the end she was laughing, every single day. She was such a happy, positive person," he said.

"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: "Ten 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.

Goody, who rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002, raised awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of smear tests before her death from the disease, which 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 tests in the month after her death.

However, screening rates have been falling since then, and UK 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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