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Jade Goody had changed a lot: Shilpa Shetty

Mumbai, Aug 24 Actress Shilpa Shetty says she couldn't recognise her former 'Celebrity Big Brother' housemate Jade Goody when she saw her at the second season of 'Bigg Boss' - 'she had changed so much'.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 | 11:16:21 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) Actress Shilpa Shetty says she couldn't recognise her former 'Celebrity Big Brother' housemate Jade Goody when she saw her at the second season of 'Bigg Boss' - 'she had changed so much'.

Jade scorched headlines for making racial comments against Shilpa in Britain's reality show 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2007. She came to India to participate in the second season of Indian version of 'Bigg Boss' last week, but left after she was detected with cancer.

'I was shocked and confused. I was filled with so many emotions. No matter what happened at 'Big Brother', I had spent considerable time with her in the house,' Shilpa, who is hosting 'Bigg Boss 2', told IANS.<a href=Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody" src="/bollywood/images/uploads/shilpa_jade_1.jpg" align="right" border="" hspace="5" vspace="5">

'I felt really bad for her. Now I know why I couldn't recognise her when I met her. Life has put her through so much, she had changed,' added Shilpa.

Shilpa immediately wanted to meet Jade. 'But she had to be whisked away immediately from Lonavla Monday. Early Tuesday morning she had her flight from where she had to be taken for chemotherapy in London.'

She got Jade's phone number and spoke to her at the airport just before the stunned Big Boss housemate left for London.

It was an incredibly emotional experience for Shilpa, free of rancour.

'Speaking to her was not easy. It was very tough. There was never any rancour,' said Shilpa.

'Yes, I was hurt when in the 'Big Brother' house she made some comments about our country. But even in the house we had made peace after the initial rancour. Once I was out of the house, the media went to town and she got the brunt of it.'

Shilpa tried all the time to pacify the world press. 'Believe me, it was really sad when Jade was slammed. I never wanted to become a champion of the third-world at her cost.'

Interestingly, the channel Colors had asked Shilpa before inviting Jade Goody to be a contestant on Big Boss.

'Yeah, when the channel decided on Jade they asked me if it was okay with me. If I had any ill feelings towards her I'd have said no to Jade. But the truth is, there was no ill feelings towards Jade,' Shilpa said.

'My only precondition was that Jade should be treated well at Big Boss. I knew how it felt when to go into a foreign country and be in a hostile situation (Big Brother).

'To my delight, the Big Boss contestants were very nice to Jade. I felt so proud to see how she was treated. It just reiterated the fact we Indians are very forgiving and welcoming,' she said.

Shilpa is shocked by the cynicism of those who think this to be a TRP gambit.

'Jade's illness is not gimmick. She must've done pap-smear (cancer screening method) before coming to India. How would she know the tests would be so damning?'

Now Shilpa plans to meet Jade. 'I only had a chance to speak to her before she left. I will meet her when I go to London for the Unforgettables tour with the Bachchans next week.'


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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 11:45pm
wow... shilpa is definitely the bigger person in the situation and to support Jade during this trying time is really kind of her!

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 5:30pm
Yah its true..But shilpa is very nice person

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 5:24pm
That is a very difficult situation I must say!!!!!!!!.........

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 5:21pm
hmm... Maybe this whole experience has been an eye opener for both parties... best to forgive n forget because you never know what's around the corner :-?

Good on Shilpa.. IF she has truly forgiven Jade.

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 4:51pm
omg... i never thought this would happen...
but wow shilpa is so kind...if i was in her place i would never forgive her....but wow itz so nice of her to forgive dat woman....anyways
tfs

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 4:43pm
shilpa is so forgiving!
that is soo sweet of her!

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 9:34am
yah Shilpa is genuinely sweet

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 8:17am
shilpa speaks so well. even after everything she has no bitterness. But that is what makes her INDIAN

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 7:34am
Shilpa is a real forgiving person xx God bless her xx

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Posted on: 26 August 2008 at 6:48am
tfs.

but honestly , shipa truly is a real forgiving person.

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