Jade Goody has admitted that she fears she may not live to see her two sons grow up, after being diagnosed with cervical cancer earlier this week.

Goody – who sprang to fame after being a housemate on Big Brother in 2002 – told The Sun that she was “fighting for her life” and planned to fight the cancer “every step of the way”.

“I’ve no control over this disease and I’m terrified,” she said.

I am going to fight every step of the way because I have two beautiful boys who are my world. But I have to be realistic and face the possibility that I might not live to see them grow up.”

And she dismissed allegations that news of her illness – which came shortly after she flew to India to take part in their Big Brother equivalent Bigg Boss – was a publicity stunt.

“I’m sitting here desperately trying to come to terms with the fact that I might die while people are out there accusing me of making my illness up,” she said.

Meanwhile Shilpa Shetty, the presenter of Bigg Boss – who was the subject of alleged racist bullying by Goody on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007 – said the reality star was in her prayers.

“It is unbelievable, how life is so unpredictable and finds a way to distract and derail you from your plans.

“My prayers are with Jade, her family in this hour, when they face one of the biggest tests of their life in times ahead. I pray she comes out of this soon and stronger with happy memories from this country.”