Clifford ready to take ailing Jade out of the public eye
Published 05/03/2009 | 01:56
Jade Goody’s friend and publicist Max Clifford has said that if her condition continued to worsen he would tell her that “enough is enough” and she should withdraw from the public eye.
Goody, who is terminally ill with cancer, is recovering in London’s Royal Marsden Hospital following emergency surgery to relieve pain in her bowel.
Speaking to radio station TalkSport, Mr Clifford said: “My attitude to Jade in recent times is: ‘Don’t you think enough is enough? Don’t you think you’ve got the message out there? The money that you wanted for the boys we’ve done, we’ve made, it’s in place, the money is assured’.
“We’re hoping that the operation she had on Monday evening will make things a lot more bearable, a lot brighter for her in the weeks ahead...
“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?’”
He said that in the last week or two he had been saying to Goody: “The minute you don’t want them taking pictures, I’ll ask them not to take pictures so do let me know.”
He added: “I spoke to her yesterday and said: ‘Look, when you’re leaving the Chelsea and Westminster (hospital) there are photographers out there, do you want me to tell them not to take any photos?’
“And she said: ‘No Max, I’m happy to do a photo as long it’s going to take a couple of seconds’.
“‘Are you sure?’ I said.
“‘Yes, absolutely,’ she said. ‘I don’t want to stop them’.”
Speaking to Andy Townsend and Mike Parry on the Townsend and Parry Show, Parry asked Mr Clifford if he felt uneasy about the voyeurism surrounding Goody remaining in the media spotlight.
“Instinctively, yes,” Mr Clifford said.
Asked by Parry what would happen when Goody was no longer able to make decisions about publicity for herself, Mr Clifford said: “The reality is there is a balance because there’s huge public interest and an appetite and support for Jade, which is |reflected by the fact that it’s front page news virtually every day.
“I think that the time will come. But so much of it has got to be guided by her because it’s her life and it’s for her to decide.
“But of course if she’s not well enough to make that decision then I will make that decision for her automatically.
“I’m having conversations with her on a daily basis, when she’s not sedated, and she’s making it perfectly clear the way she wants to do things.
“The fact of the matter is that she only has a short time to live. You have to take on board that it’s her life; she’s lived her life in the media spotlight for seven years.
“Those seven years have been the happiest, most self-fulfilling of her life so she has the right to |decide her own fate.”
Goody (27), was visited in hospital by husband Jack Tweed on Tuesday — hours after he was convicted of assaulting a taxi driver.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing until March 26 so reports could be prepared on Tweed’s background.
The 21-year-old’s lawyer told Epping Magistrates’ Court that Goody had been given less than four weeks to live.
She was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in August last year, and the disease has since spread to her liver and bowel.
Goody was taken to the Royal Marsden on Sunday night after she complained of unrelenting pain while at St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, near Harlow, Essex.
She was then transferred to nearby Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for the bowel operation before being taken back to the Royal Marsden.
Mr Clifford said Goody had been with her new husband overnight at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
He said: “Jack spent the night with her.
“He got permission from the Probation Service to do that.”
He added that he did not know when Goody would leave hospital.
“She is due to leave when she is well enough and that could be today or next week,” he said.
“When she feels better, she will go home as soon as she can. When the pain goes.”