Jeff Brazier has revealed that he often takes his two sons, Bobby and Freddie, to visit their mum Jade Goody’s grave.
The presenter, 41, has often spoken candidly about parenting his teenage boys, aged 17 and 16, after the reality star died at just 27 years old of cervical cancer in 2009.
Discussing grief for new Exhibition Lost For Words, Jeff said that the family ‘go to a special place’ to ‘feel connected’ to Jade.
Family: Jeff Brazier has revealed that he often takes his two sons, Bobby and Freddie, to visit their mum Jade Goody’s grave
He told The Sun: ‘We go to a special place, it’s really not that far from where we are, and to be there in that environment, obviously we know that that is space and time to think about mum, to talk about mum, and to feel connected to her.
‘[We visit] on all the special occasions. We go there as much as we can.’
The single dad also said that it was ‘lovely’ how people have cared for and thought about his sons over the years since their mother died
He said: ‘For them to see that nearly 12 years on, they’re [Bobby and Freddy] doing well and they’re thriving. They know that that’s exactly what she [Jade] would want.’
Mum: Reality star and mother-of-two Jade tragically died at just 27 years old of cervical cancer in 2009 (pictured in 2006)
Jeff also discussed how the experience of grief can be different for each person and depend on who has passed away.
He opened up about losing his nan 20 years ago, saying that the loss didn’t hit him until the funeral and he was at the church crying.
Experiencing loss has also made Jeff more appreciative of the people around him and make the most of embracing every moment.
Jeff has previously admitted that he felt ‘a lot of male pride’ when Jade died when Bobby was just five and Freddie was four.
Mother and son: It comes after Jade’s eldest son Bobby credited his late mother for his model looks (Jade pictured with Bobby in 2004)
‘I wasn’t in a relationship with Jade when she died so I felt I didn’t deserve to grieve and instead threw myself into caring for the kids and looking after their emotions.
‘I had a lot of male pride in those days and didn’t want to show my vulnerability, but now I know that only alienated me from family and friends,’ he told The Sun.
It comes after Jade’s eldest son Bobby credited his late mother for his model looks and revealed his younger brother Freddie could soon be joining him on the catwalk.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, the 17-year-old says he’s ‘always being told’ he looks like Jade, who tragically died from cervical cancer when he was just five.
He hopes to make both the Big Brother icon and his dad Jeff proud by forging a career in modelling and admits it would be a dream come true to shoot a high profile fashion campaign with Freddie, 16.
‘I’m starting to look more like him’: Bobby hopes to make both Jade and his dad Jeff proud by forging a career in modelling and says as he grows older, he’s looking more like his father
Bobby said: ‘I look like my mum, I’m always being told that by everyone. I have her lips and smile – and her eyes.
‘The rest of me is dad’s. As I grow up I’m starting to look more like him.’
Bobby was spotted by a modelling agent in a coffee shop when he was 16 and before lockdown earlier this year, took part in a Dolce & Gabbana catwalk show for Milan Fashion Week.
He’s since shot his first magazine cover for Man About Town and last month featured in an edgy shoot for TINGS magazine.
The model has been ‘signed to agencies across the world’ but because of Covid has yet to meet them face-to-face to discuss collaborations.
Bobby’s burgeoning reputation in the industry has opened doors for Freddie to join him and he’s already sparked interest from agencies following a recent shoot by photographer Cesar Perin, his model brother’s agent at Unsigned Group.
He says: ‘It would be great to be in a campaign together, I’d love to.
‘He sees what I’m doing and wants to do the same. There’s a couple of agencies interested, but he’s still young.
‘With modelling everything is about timing. A year ago, if I was doing the things I’m doing now, I wouldn’t have been ready – you have to grow up, it’s a proper serious job – it’s not like college.
‘You have to be professional and I’m just there, so my brother is definitely not there yet. His time will come.’
He jokes: ‘As long as I’m in front and he’s behind in the shoot, that’s alright.’
Working hard: The model has been ‘signed to agencies across the world’ but because of Covid has yet to meet them face-to-face to discuss collaborations