Jackiey Budden brought up Jade in Bermondsey, South London. Her father Andrew Goody, who left Jackiey Budden when Jade was aged two, served several prison sentences and died at the age of 42 from a drug overdose.
In her 2006 autobiography, Goody revealed that as a child she had witnessed her mother and friends talking illegal drugs. She also claimed to have hidden her mother's drugs before police raids on their home.
At the age of 21 she was brought to the public's attention on Channel 4 reality show Big Brother. Introduced by Davina McCall as a "dental nurse from London", she quickly became one of the biggest characters in the series.
Her most notable moments on the show included stripping totally naked when drunk, allegedly participating in a sex act with fellow housemate PJ and asking questions such as "is East Anglia abroad" and "Rio de Janeiro, ain't that a person?"
Goody was vilified by the press during her time in the house, but survived until the final, where she finished fourth behind eventual winner Kate Lawler. Despite being ridiculed for her behaviour on the show, Goody went on to earn the most money out of all BB3 contestants, picking up numerous TV appearances, fitness DVD contracts and magazine deals.
She would go on to become one of Britain's most famous and divisive reality TV stars, appearing on shows including Wife Swap with Major Charles Ingram and Channel 5's Back To Reality, where her behaviour towards fellow contestant Rik Waller was criticised as bullying.
Alongside her mainstream TV work, she also starred in a string of Living reality series, such as Just Jade, Jade's PA and Jade: The Next Chapter, which featured insights into her colourful private life.
At the height of her fame she was ranked the 25th most influential person in the world by Heat magazine. She also released two best-selling autobiographies in 2006 and 2008, and with her Shh... Jade Goody fragrance had one of the most successful celebrity perfume brands in the UK.
Goody's love life included relationships with TV presenter Jeff Brazier and footballer Ryan Amoo. Brazier is the father of Jade's two sons, Freddie and Bobby, who were born in Essex. She met future husband Jack Tweed at a nightclub in 2005. Tweed lied to Goody about his occupation, age and heritage on their first meeting, but the couple still entered a long-term tumultuous relationship. The reality TV star claimed that Tweed made her feel "alive" and "special" and regularly praised his behaviour around her kids.
Following allegations about Tweed sleeping with other women and Goody's miscarriage with his child in 2007, the pair ended their relationship. Their on-off romance was rekindled in 2008 when she fell ill with cancer.
Goody, Tweed and Jackiey Budden all appeared together on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007. The trio's arrival on the reality show would spark the most controversial moment in the Channel 4 show's history and Goody's career. Goody, S Club 7 singer Jo O'Meara and glamour model Danielle Lloyd were accused of racism and bullying towards Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, prompting 44,500 viewer complaints to Ofcom. The incident was discussed on news broadcasts and commented on by the future Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
After leaving the house, Goody denied that she was a racist, but admitted that she was "disgusted" by her actions. Her publicist Max Clifford claimed that her decision to return to Big Brother was "terrible", confessing that it may have "ruined a very lucrative career". Despite several public apologies, Goody lost tabloid support and several business deals following the controversy.
She went on to appear on the Indian version of Big Brother in August 2008, where she was told the news that she had cervical cancer in the diary room. She immediately flew home to the UK, where she discovered that the cancer was "advanced and life-threatening". In February 2009, Max Clifford confirmed that the cancer had spread to her liver, bowel and groin, meaning she probably only had months to live.
Goody launched a PR campaign to raise cash for her two sons, selling pictures of her wedding to Jack Tweed on February 22, 2009 to OK! magazine for £700,000. The publicity generated by Goody's illness dramatically increased the numbers of females requesting cervical smears in the UK, with an estimated 20 per cent boost in tests.
She is survived by her husband Jack Tweed, mother Jackiey, 50, and two sons Bobby, 5 and Freddie, 4.
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