The U.K. reality star talks about her sons, her funeral and how she will be remembered
British reality TV star Jade Goody has signed off to the public in the way she knows best – with an emotional interview with the press.
Goody, 27, the terminally ill former U.K. Big Brother contestant whose very public life and declining health have become an obsession with the British public, spoke recently about her hopes for her two young sons when she is no longer there for them.
“When I’m not here [the boys] can feel they can speak to me whenever they want,” Goody told British OK! magazine at the March 14 baptism ceremony she organized for herself and sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4, at the London hospital where she is being treated.
“I have always believed in God and heaven, and I want my boys to know that when I do go, I am safe and looking over them,” Goody said.
Goody’s sons don’t yet realize the full ramifications of the cervical cancer that has spread to her liver, bowel and groin. “I’m not sure they know what dying means, and in a way I don’t want them to know the full ins and outs,” she said in the interview, billed as her last.
“I will be the brightest star in the sky for them, always looking over them and protecting them,” she said.
Goody’s press representative, Max Clifford, says Goody, who recently married her boyfriend, Jack Tweed, 21, would like nothing more than to go home.
She is trying to use some of the publicity to highlight a campaign backed by the U.K. cervical cancer charity Jo’s Trust to lower the age at which young women can get testing to help detect the disease. Already, charities and doctors are reporting a massive increase in those seeking information.
Goody believes earlier screening could have made a difference in her life. “She doesn’t want what happened to her to happened to anyone,” Clifford, her publicist, tells PEOPLE.
As for how Goody, who welcomes the idea of a public funeral, would like to be remembered, she told OK! she wants to be known as “the one who irritated and entertained people in equal measure and the girl who put up a fight and would never let herself get beaten down.”
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