Jade Goody’s mum in emotional admission ahead of grandson Bobby’s Strictly stint

Jeff Brazier gets choked up as he remembers Jade Goody

Jade Goody’s mum, Jackiey Budden, has spoken of her pride after her grandson, Bobby Brazier, signed up to be a contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Jackiey, 64, says the EastEnders actor, 20, confided in her “months ago” that he was going on the BBC dance show and she is “over the moon”, particularly as Jade was a big fan.

The Big Brother housemate said: “He’s just stepped in his mum’s shoes — he’s in Jade’s trotters.

“He’s been born to bring Jade back as himself, because he’s the spit of Jade — he’s got his daddy’s head.

“It will be like watching her on telly,” she added to The Sun.

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However, the Freddie Slater actor’s busy schedule makes it difficult for him to visit his grandmother at her South London home.

Jackiey added: “He has to get up at 5am for EastEnders sometimes, so he’s always on the go. We always text though which is lovely. He likes to keep an eye on his nana, just like Freddie does.”

Jade welcomed Bobby in 2003 with her then-partner, Jeff Brazier. The former couple then had 18-year-old Freddie in 2004 before splitting that same year.

Jade went on to find love with Jack Tweed and they married in February 2009, just one month before her tragic death from cervical cancer.

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Bobby was just five years old when his mum died and previously shared the heartbreaking reason why he doesn’t miss her.

He told The Face magazine: “I don’t feel like I was with her long enough to miss her. I’ve kind of spent more life without her than I did with her.

“I’m always being told that she’s a hero and that she was funny and that people see me in her on a daily basis, which is nice.

”I’m lucky that [her life was] kind of public because it means that I can watch videos when I’m feeling strong enough to watch videos. But sometimes I can’t. I will cry if I do.”

Bobby will take to the Strictly dancefloor next month, competing against the likes of Les Dennis, Amanda Abbington and Zara McDermott for the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

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