The Church of England has moved to reassure Jade Goody after she expressed fears that a recent miscarriage was ‘God’s punishment’ for her behaviour.
The Celebrity Big Brother personality was 12 weeks’ pregnant when she lost the baby she was expecting with boyfriend Jack Tweed.
It came months after the Celebrity Big Brother race row which saw her vilified for her treatment of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
“After the miscarriage I did ask: ‘Why is all this happening?’ I thought it was God’s punishment for something I’d done,” Jade, 26, told Closer magazine.
But her comments prompted a response from the Bishop of Croydon.
The Rt Revd Nick Baines issued a statement saying: “Jade Goody can be sure that losing her baby wasn’t a punishment from God.
“God doesn’t punish people. He stands by them and shares in their suffering as we see in Jesus Christ.”
Jade, who has two sons, had hoped for a girl. “I dreamt of having a girl and even secretly imagined dressing her in pink,” she said.
“This year it’s been one thing after another. But after losing the baby I thought I’d never recover.”
Jade’s career nosedived after Celebrity Big Brother.
She told the magazine she has ‘no one to blame but myself’ for her problems.
“Last year, everything I touched turned to gold. My perfume was outselling the Beckhams’ and I was at the peak of my career, so I was probably due a tumble. I didn’t expect it to be so bad, but it’s made me stronger,” she said.