EastEnders star Bobby Brazier has been reflecting on life after losing his mum Jade Goody to cancer when he was aged just five.
Brazier, 20, has been dominating Strictly Come Dancing since he first set foot on the dancefloor with professional partner Diane Buswell, 34. However, things started to waver when Bobby and Diane found themselves in the dance off against former newscaster Angela Rippon.
But as the cheeky London lad reaches the quarter-final stage and prepares for Musicals Week, he has looked back at what his mum would make of him now. Speaking to The Mirror, Bobby opened up that he would offer a simple two-word message to his late mum if he could see her again.
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Bobby and Diane performed a touching tribute to mum Jade during last Saturday's show (November 25). Aged just 27, Goody – who found fame after appearing on the third series of Big Brother in 2002 – passed away from terminal cervical cancer in March 2009.
For last week's routine, Bobby and Diane's dance was set to This Woman's Work by Maxwell, which Brazier keeps close to his heart. Speaking ahead of the performance, Bobby explaining the meaning behind the song.
"To me, the song is just perfect," Bobby confessed. My dad used to play it when I was young – maybe around eight or nine, and it was really impactful for me."
He also paid attention to the lyrics, which allowed him to let his emotions flow. "Maxwell sings, 'I should be crying, but I just can't let it show' and when I was younger, I'd never cry – I'd never let myself feel vulnerable enough," he explained.
Talking about how much his mum meant to him, he said: "If I could see her again for one moment, I'd tell her – 'thank you' – and give her a cuddle." He added that picking the track would help other people who have gone through grief could help to understand and relate to his pain.
Doting dad Jeff Brazier, 44, was in the audience for Bobby's performance, together with younger brother Freddie, 19. Before the pair took to the dancefloor, Bobby admitted he thought his dad would well up, joking: "It's going to be a flood from him."
Bobby and Diane are now one of just five couples remaining in the competition, as the contest reaches the quarter-final stage. One more couple is set to leave the show this weekend, and Bobby admitted that he has learned to adjust for the show.
Speaking on his experience of being on the BBC show, Bobby said: "I've always described it as an experience of immense joy and deep distress. It's become everything, everything for months, and I've never experienced anything this intense for this long. But you do get used to it."
He continued: "I think the show has changed me… it's made me understand what it is to work this hard. And I'm so surprised by everyone's resilience, including my own, because the pressure is just constant."
Strictly Come Dancing airs every Saturday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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