It was a roller-coaster ride of fame for Jade Goody from the moment she hit our screens in Big Brother 3 to her death on Mother's Day 2009. We take a look back at her life in the spotlight...
21-year-old dental nurse Jade, born in Bermondsey, London, arrives for series 3 of Big Brother.
Jade makes her dramatic eviction from the Big Brother house. While inside she entertained us with such ‘Jade-isms’ as confusing baptism with exorcism, thinking Rio de Janeiro is a person and asking Spencer if ‘East Angular’ was somewhere abroad.
While Kate Lawler won the series, Jade got most of the media’s attention. Here’s a video of her best ‘Jade-isms’ from BB3.
Jade announces that she is to have her first child with former Shipwrecked contestant and ex-footballer Jeff Brazier.
New mum Jade is photographed with 7-month-old Bobby Jack Brazier coming out of their family home in Harlow, Essex.
After having Bobby, Jade struggled to lose the weight she put on during her pregnancy and became addicted to slimming pills.
Jade shows off her second son with Jeff Brazier, Freddie, although by now the pair have split up after a huge row which involved ‘battering him with a spatula’.
Jade launches her beauty salon Ugly’s at the Embassy nightclub in London saying, ‘If I can do it anyone can.’
Despite putting £50,000 into the business, she had to close the Hertford venture at the beginning of 2007.
Jade meets Jack Tweed who tells her he is 22, half Italian and adopted. The former electrician turns out to be 18, from Essex, raised by his biological parents and simply a big fan of fake tans.
Before meeting Jade he’d had a relationship with another Big Brother housemate, Nikki Grahame.
Now a celebrity in her own right, Jade is invited into the Celebrity Big Brother House along with her Mum Jackiey and boyfriend Jack Tweed. However, things soon turn sour when Jade is accused of racist and bullying behaviour towards Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, calling her ‘Shilpa Poppadom’. The argument prompts 45,000 complaints to Media regulator OFCOM.
Jade and Shilpa Shetty make-up after the previous day’s row, but the public is not so forgiving as Jade, by her own admittance, becomes something of a national villain, ‘The nation hated me.’
These feelings were shared in India, where effigies of Jade were being set alight in the street by angry mobs.
Jade breaks-down during an interview with Dermot O’Leary on Big Brother’s Little Brother after being evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother House. Channel 4 keep their gates closed to the usual eviction crowds and cancel her press conference.
She admits her behaviour was ‘disgusting’ and says, ‘I am really, really sorry and ashamed. I don’t want anyone to feel scared of me or intimidated by me’.
Jade appears on India’s version of Big Brother hosted by Shilpa Shetty in an attempt to ease tensions with the Indian public.
Just days after entering the Indian Big Brother House, Jade is called into the Diary Room and told that she has cervical cancer.
Jade returns home for a hysterectomy which shows that the cancer has spread, lowering the chance of survival from 95% to just 50%.
Jade undergoes radiotherapy and chemotherapy to fight the cancer but neither are effective enough and her condition deteriorates.
Wheelchair bound Jade is taken for a stroll through Chelsea by fiance Jack Tweed as they shop for wedding dresses.
Jack proposed on the 13th February, and set their wedding day for just over a week later. Jade is also told by doctors that she may only have weeks to live.
Jade died at home after she slipped into a coma on Mother’s Day, Sunday 22nd March, at 3.55am.
Tributes and flowers from family, friends, celebs and fans were laid outside her home in Essex.
Thousands of people took to the streets to say a final goodbye to Jade, on Saturday 4th April, the day of her funeral.
A vintage Rolls-Royce carried the star’s white coffin from her childhood home in Bermondsey, South East London, to John the Baptist Church in Essex, where her husband Jack Tweed helped carry his wife’s coffin into the church.
Jack opened the funeral service by reading out a poem, which he had written called ‘the brightest star up above’.