Jack Tweed has described Jade's final hours in emotional first interview since her death
Jack Tweed has described how Jade Goody suffered hallucinations in the hours before her death and how he couldn’t be in the same room in her last struggles to breathe, in his first emotional interview since his wife’s passing.
Jack says Jade – who urged him to do the interview – suffered hallucinations in which she cradled an imaginary baby and sang panto songs before she died in her sleep on Mother’s Day.
Speaking for the first time since Jade lost her cervical cancer battle, Jack told OK! magazine:
‘I always slept on the floor next to Jade’s bed.
‘I’d hold her hand and I’d wake up every ten minutes to check she was still breathing.’
But in her final hours Jack said he moved to the front room.
‘I kept going in to kiss her and check that she was breathing. But I knew it was going to happen that night. I just couldn’t stay in the room.
‘So I went in the front room and Jackiey stayed with her that night’, he said.
But when Jade passed away, he wasn’t asleep.
‘I was just lying there waiting’, he admits.
‘Sometimes Jade would wake up and think she was nursing a baby in her arms. I used to go along with it and pretend to take the baby.
‘One morning she woke up and she was waving her arms above her head and singing. It sounded like she was singing some sort of panto song.
‘I called Jackiey in and we were watching her and laughing and singing along.’
But it was when he heard Jackiey crying, that he knew, ‘she was gone.’
He said: ‘I just stared at the floor in shock. Then I walked into the room, stroked her face, kissed her and completely broke down.’
And he said his last conversation with Jade was her telling him to ‘become a millionaire from selling pineapples‘ before she slipped into a coma and died 48 hours later.
Generous to the end, Jack’s interview was even Jade’s idea. She left all her money to her sons, after Jack refused to take half of the money from their £700,000 wedding deal.
‘I’m not here because of me, I’m here because of Jade – she’s the celebrity and she told me to do this. She rang her agent and said: “Make sure Jack makes the most of all this as I want him to have a comfortable life, so he can look after the boys, too.”‘
Jack also spoke of Jade’s last poignant meeting with her sons, Bobby and Freddie, the Sunday (a week) before she died.
Bobby, five, got into bed with his mother and watched a DVD, while four-year-old Freddie was in the garden picking flowers – popping in and out of Jade’s room to give them to her.
Jack said both he, Jade and the boys’ father Jeff decided that that was the last time they should see their mother.
He said: ‘Jeff and I both thought that should be the last day they saw her. They didn’t need to see how their mum was at the end. It’s not a nice memory for them to have. And Jade wanted that, too.’
Jack, who will be one of Jade’s pallbearers at her funeral at St John the Baptist church in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, also told how his wife’s death has taught him a lot of lessons.
Tweed – who is facing a prison sentence for assault – said he wants to make Jade proud and has vowed to grow up and stay out of trouble to ‘be the man that Jade wanted me to be’.
He added: ‘I don’t want to go out and get stupidly drunk and do stupid things.
‘This has made me realise what’s important – it’s not important to do all the things I was doing before.’
Jack is also set to read a poem he wrote for Jade at her funeral, with one friend saying: ‘There won’t be a dry eye in the house.’