Jade Goody: “Short Time To Live”

Betsy Waldman / March 5, 2009

Ailing celebrity Jade Goody only has a short time to live, and has reportedly already said goodbye to her loved ones.

The former star of Big Brother in the UK, diagnosed with terminal—and spreading—cervical cancer, recently underwent surgery to ease the pain caused by her illness and is recuperating from the procedure.

“It’s heartbreaking to see Jade like this, she’s such a brave girl. She really needs to be surrounded by her friends and family at this time,” a friend told the Daily Mail.

Her new husband Jack Tweedy was recently found guilty of assaulting a teenager with a golf club, but has been allowed to see his wife and apologize for his criminal behavior in the past.

“I was given permission to spend the night with Jade. I’m so happy—I just wish I could be there all the time. I told her I’m so sorry for my behavior in the past. It’s meant I haven’t been there for her the whole time,” Tweedy told the press.

“I told her I’ve let everyone down but I’ve learned my lesson. And I said I’m worried that, once again, I won’t be there for her and the family when they really need me.”

Goody’s publicist Max Clifford acknowledged the media coverage of the dying Goody could be considered slightly distasteful, but it has been something Jade wanted.

Goody has said in the past that she wants to ensure the ongoing education of her two young sons by selling pictures of her wedding to Tweedy to magazines, and documenting her cancer battle with a television special.

“Jade likes and enjoys the media spotlight. You have to marry all of these things. But if she continues to be in the kind of pain and condition she is in, then my advice increasingly will be, ‘Don’t you think enough is enough?,'” Clifford said.

“We’re hoping and praying that Jade pulls through, but the fact of the matter is that she now only has a short time to live,” he confirmed.