JEFF Brazier has admitted he is worried that his sons with the late Jade Goody will be left without happy memories of childhood thanks to her death and the Covid-19 lockdown.
The presenter and qualified life coach, 41, said Bobby, 17, and Freddie, 16, were struggling at home despite having the tools to weather the pandemic better than others after the trauma of losing Jade when they were just five and four.
He said: “Their resilience does come from their tragic experience of losing mum. Whatever it is, they’ve got something that’s helped them.
“They’ve had to develop that resilience, that patience and that sense of, ‘right, what can I do in order to keep myself busy’ which they wouldn’t have otherwise had.
“Those skills, those traits might come in handy at a later date.
“When they’re able to socialise and mix with their friends properly I’ll be so pleased for them – and all kids, really – because it’s hard on everybody.
“This is their childhood. Imagine when they’re 20, 30 years older and their main memory of childhood is the 10-11 months they spent literally doing nothing. It’s very sobering.”
Jeff, who has launched a new mental health podcast called Only Human, admitted he’s made one big concession in order to help Bobby and Freddie stay happy in lockdown.
He said: “I put TVs in their rooms, which I’ve always been against.
“They’ve never had a TV in their room throughout the whole of their childhood, but I just thought now is the time for your kids to be comfortable and occupied.”
Jeff also told The Sun that he worried about what Bobby and Freddie got up to on social media after revealing they’d already been trolled like their late mother, who passed away from cervical cancer aged 27 in 2009.