Bobby Brazier opens up about his late mother Jade Goody and ‘nepo baby’ debate
Bobby Brazier has opened up about his late mother Jade Goody and about his opinion on the ‘nepo baby’ debate.
Jade tragically passed away in 2009 at the age of 27 following a battle with cervical cancer, and her death was credited with prompting a substantial increase of women attending their cervical screenings.
Bobby, 19, was just five years old at the time, and revealed that he bases his memory of his mum on what others tell him about her.
Speaking to The Times about what he remembered of Jade, he said: ‘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.’
Jade has a famously tumultuous relationship with fame, after being vilified for her shocking racist comments towards the Indian actress Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007
Candid: Bobby Brazier has opened up about his late mother Jade Goody and about his opinion on the ‘nepo baby’ debate (pictured in 2022)
Heartbreaking: Jade tragically passed away in 2009 at the age of 27 following a battle with cervical cancer, and her death was credited with prompting a substantial increase of women attending their cervical screenings (pictured in 2004 with Bobby)
Bobby said: ‘I’ve never really thought about her experience of fame. I think to assume that anybody’s experience of fame is glamorous, or that it will make you whole or happy, is silly. It might make some things better, but because of that it’ll make other things worse.’
Bobby is now a model and actor, recently bagging the part of Freddie Slater in EastEnders last year.
Giving his opinion on the current ‘nepo baby’ debate, he said: ‘Simply put, what good is an opportunity if you can’t deliver? I really believe in my abilities. So thank you, Mum and Dad, for the opportunities that may come my way. But I can thank me for the belief in myself, and my dad for giving me the belief.’
Bobby also opened up about his religious beliefs saying he believed his mum was still around, adding: ‘Maybe as a guide, maybe as an angel, maybe as a teacher, maybe as a protector.’
He said: ‘Like every boy, you want to think your mum would be proud of you.
Tragic: Bobby, 19, was just five years old at the time, and revealed that he bases his memory of his mum on what others tell him about her (pictured in 2006)
Family: Bobby, who lives with his father Jeff Brazier, 43, brother Freddie, 18, and stepmother Kate, previously told The Sun how he believes Jade ‘would love’ him ‘trying my best to make something of my life’ after carving out a career as a model (pictured with Jeff and Freddie)
‘I hope she’s looking down on me and smiling, probably laughing, thinking, “Look at Bobby lying in a field in his designer gear”.
Jade sent shockwaves around the world in 2008 when she was informed live on Indian Big Brother, Bigg Boss, that she was suffering with Cervical Cancer, before she discovered the following year that she was terminal.
She then passed away in March, one month after marrying Jack Tweed.
Bobby’s dad Jeff has become an advocate for mental health and grief survival for not only his two boys to others, even releasing the book The Grief Survival Guide: How to Navigate Loss and All that Comes With It in 2017.