Michael Jackson (opens in new tab) sent his 'love' to Jade Goody and asked if he could visit her in hospital, her publicist has said. The terminally ill Big Brother star was 'exhausted' and under 24-hour security protection after being confronted by a woman with a hammer, Max Clifford said. But he added that cancer-stricken Jade had been cheered by messages of goodwill from the Thriller singer, who recently announced plans to perform in London. "Michael Jackson phoned her over the weekend but couldn't get through," he said. "He wanted to pop in and see her but instead sent her his love and said he was thinking about her." Michael appears to be a fan of the Channel 4 reality show. He apparently watches Big Brother and his brother and sister have taken part in the celebrity version of the show in the UK. In 2007, Jade returned to the Big Brother house to take part in the celebrity show. Among her housemates was Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson, who performed with his superstar sibling in The Jackson 5. As he entered the house, Jermaine told host Davina McCall that Michael would be watching the show. "Michael's in Vegas right now but he has a way of seeing everything," he said. Big Brother was embroiled in controversy that year when it sparked an international outcry amid allegations that Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty was the victim of racist bullying at the hands of Jade, model Danielle Lloyd and S Club singer Jo O'Meara. Another Jackson family member, singer LaToya, was on TV screens in January for the latest Celebrity Big Brother series. Get exclusive access to your favourite stars. Subscribe to TV Times magazine (opens in new tab)
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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