U.K.'s Reality TV Star Jade Goody Battles Cancer and Gets Married on Camera

Well-Wishes From Prime Minister Gordon Brown

And British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told reporters Wednesday that Goody's "determination to help her family should be applauded."

Clifford confirmed that her sons still don't know that their mother is dying. "The boys know she is very ill," he said. "She is getting advice from bereavement experts on how to break it to them."

"She just wants her boys to get a really good education and have a happy, healthy life," he said.

In a Sky News online web chat, Clifford revealed that Goody had asked "three very close friends" to serve as trustees and oversee "the interest of her boys in the years ahead."

He also said that her estate will be in Tweed's name for seven years to avoid paying UK inheritance tax before it passes to her children.

One unexpected benefit of Goody publicizing her illness has been a 21 percent leap in young women gettinh cervical cancer screenings, according to Clifford. The figures have been backed by cervical cancer specialists.

"We have definitely seen an increase in uptake due to Jade Goody," Robert Music, director of the cervical cancer organization Jo's Trust told The Guardian newspaper.

"I think that in this celebrity age, many people relate to Goody. It is almost as if she has become a part of their lives, a family member."

After Goody walks down the aisle, there will be one more television interview with Piers Morgan, the former editor of The Daily Mirror, "if she's well enough," Clifford said.

Clifford confirmed that there have been "hundreds of requests for interviews," but for now, the ultimate reality TV star with only weeks left to live, is saying no.

Now, as the U.K. prepares to say goodbye to someone who is so much "a product of her age" in Clifford's words, many are wondering how Goody became so famous, when nearly every other reality TV celebrity has faded into oblivion.

In what may be her last newspaper interview, Goody reminisced about her audition for "Big Brother" seven years ago.

"It was never about trying to find fame. It was just that I could not take my life any more."

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