Jack Tweed took to Instagram on February 22 to commemorate the ninth anniversary of his wedding to reality TV star Jade Goody in 2009. Goody died of cervical cancer aged 27 exactly a month after she tied the knot with her then 21-year-old boyfriend.
In the Instagram post that featured a picture of him and Goody on their wedding day, Jack Tweed wrote, "Remembering this special day 9 years ago today marrying this beautiful angel,miss you ❤️❤️❤️ #jadeslegacy #smeartest x," reminding his followers of the importance of getting a smear test done to test for cervical cancer.
Jade rose to fame on British television after appearing on Big Brother in 2002. She later returned to the celebrity edition of the show in 2007, where she became the target of nationwide and international hate after "racially abusing" Indian actress Shilpa Shetty on the show. Shetty went on to win that season of Celebrity Big Brother.
However, Goody turned over a new leaf and issued multiple apologies, even joining the Indian version of Big Brother, Bigg Boss, in 2008 to make up for her racially charged remarks. It was while she was on the show that she discovered that she had cervical cancer.
She left the show after learning about the diagnosis, but by February, the cancer had metastasized, and she became terminally ill. Goody then tied the knot with Tweed, her fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant on February 22, before passing away on March 22.
Her illness, her wedding and her death were highly publicized and covered extensively, the media rights sold for a high sum that she hoped would take care of her two sons' private education. During the course of her illness, nearly half a million women were inspired to take cervical smear tests to test for cancer, because she reduced the stigma around smear tests.
The Archbishop of Westminster condoned her choice to broadcast her illness, saying, "A lot of people might say it's better if everything is quiet, but I think she's made a decision that she wants the last months of her life to teach people something."
Her husband acknowledged the impact she had had in his tribute on Thursday.
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