Big Brother star Jade Goody married Jack Tweed just weeks before she died from cervical cancer in March 2009.
And, in footage from the bittersweet day, which aired in Wednesday’s instalment of Channel 4 documentary The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, a pre-TOWIE Mark Wright was filmed weeping as he and his then-girlfriend Lauren Goodger watched the newlyweds share their first dance.
Mark – who at the time was a complete unknown – was in fact Jack’s best man at the wedding, which took place a year before he and Lauren began filming the first ever series of TOWIE.
Emotional: In footage aired in The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, Mark Wright was seen weeping as he and Lauren Goodger watched Jady Goody and Jack Tweed’s first dance
Jade and Jack were seen on the dance-floor in an emotional embrace, pressing their heads together and swapping sweet kisses as they celebrated their union in traditional style slow-dance.
While their wedding guests struggled to contain their emotions, confetti rained over the newlyweds as they danced together to Aerosmith’s Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.
Mark was visibly distraught, with tears rolling down his cheeks, as a stoic-looking Lauren comforted him with a loving arm wrapped around his shoulder.
The TOWIE star and Jack grew up together, and members of Mark’s family – including mum Carol – were also among the guests at the wedding.
Heartbreaking: Big Brother star Jade Goody married Jack Tweed just weeks before she died from cervical cancer in March 2009
Distraught: Mark – who was Jack’s best man – was visibly distraught, with tears rolling down his cheeks, as Lauren comforted him with a loving arm wrapped around his shoulder
Close friends: Mark and Jack grew up together, and members of Mark’s family – including mum Carol – were also among the guests at the wedding
Mark and Lauren’s tumultuous relationship has played out since they both shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex back in 2010 – a year after Jade’s wedding.
Mark – who also dated co-stars Lucy Mecklenburgh and Sam – faced claims that he cheated on Lauren throughout the first series before he proposed to her in a pub car park in the ITV show’s second run.
After a five-month engagement the pair split for the final time in August 2011. Mark went on to marry Our Girl actress Michelle Keegan in 2015.
Lauren has dated jailbird Joey Morrisson – who she ‘met’ on the phone when he was behind bars – on and off over the past few years.
She was left heartbroken when her two-and-a-half year romance with the convict came to an end in July, despite waiting for her love while he was behind bars.
Her beau was released from prison after serving nine years of his 16 year sentence for a string of offences including kidnapping and blackmail in September.
Former flames: Mark and Lauren’s tumultuous relationship has played out since they both shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex back in 2010 – a year after Jade’s wedding
The harrowing final part of the documentary covered the last months of Jade’s life, from her diagnosis to her wedding day, which took place one month before her death on Mother’s Day 2009 aged 27.
Jade made the decision to continue with her reality show filming and work commitments to make money for her young sons Bobby, 16, and Freddie, 14.
Viewers were left in tears at previously unseen footage of the star’s wedding to Jack Tweed, with her bridesmaids giving their emotional recollections of the day.
Tragic loss: Jade’s cancer spread to her bowel, liver and groin and she died on Mother’s Day in March 2009. She left behind two sons, Bobby and Freddy, now 15 and 14
Brave: The star’s was also honoured by fans for raising awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of regular smear tests, with many calling her decision to remain so public about her condition her ‘true legacy’ (pictured in February 2009)
One of her closest friends said: ‘I could see nothing but sadness that day, because it was the end, it was the end of their love story.’
Jade’s personal trainer and close confidante Kevin Adams praised her for soldiering on through the pain to make the most of every moment of her wedding day.
He said: ‘She was in excruciating pain, she was dancing, and she stayed dancing because it was her wedding day and that’s what you do.’
Jade’s mother Jackiey Budden broke down in tears as she reflected on her son Freddie’s reaction to his mother’s death.
Soulmates: Viewers were left in tears at previously unseen footage of the star’s wedding to Jack Tweed, with Jade’s bridesmaids giving their emotional recollections of the day (pictured February 2009)
She said: ‘The day before Mother’s Day, which was the Saturday evening, Bobby and Freddie came in.
‘Now she’s semi-conscious and Freddie got in bed with her, laid beside her and said, ‘Mum, mum. Are you Mummy Jade or Mummy Angel?’
WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?
Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.
The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal discharge that smells
- Pain in the pelvis
Causes can include:
- Age – more than half of sufferers are under 45
- HPV infection – which affects most people at some point in their lives
- Smoking – responsible for 21 per cent of cases
- Contraceptive pill – linked to 10 per cent of cases
- Having children
- Family history of cervical or other types of cancer, like vagina
Source: Cancer Research UK
And I said, ‘She’s still Mummy Jade’. He said, ‘OK, so now she’s Mummy Jade, can I go and stay with Nick Nack?’, who was one of his school friends. I said, ‘Of course you can’.
‘Jeff took him to Nick Nack’s and then we got a phone call [saying], ‘Freddie’s in bits, crying his eyes out’.
‘He said, ‘I promise you, I won’t cry no more but I need you to let me know if she’s Mummy Mummy or Mummy Angel.’ I went, ‘She’s Mummy Angel now.’
‘And he went, ‘Can you tell her goodnight from me?’ And I said goodnight and he put the phone down.’
Jade died in her sleep in the early hours of March 22 2009 with her mother and husband by her side.
The show ended with Jade’s funeral, where thousands lined the streets to send off the beloved reality star on April 4.
The funeral service took place at St John The Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, with a video montage of the star’s remarkable life played on a big screen to crowds outside.
Stars including Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell sent flowers to be laid on her white coffin.
The star was also honoured by fans for raising awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of regular smear tests, with many calling her decision to remain so public about her condition her ‘true legacy.’
Funeral: The show ended with Jade’s funeral, where thousands lined the streets during the procession, to send off the beloved reality star