Despite recently being seen cheering for his elder brother on Strictly Come Dancing, Jeff Brazier said that we shouldn’t expect Freddie to follow in Bobby’s footsteps anytime soon.
The EastEnders star, 20, has been impressing the judges with his lively routines week after week, and his younger brother Freddie voiced his support for him and professional partner Dianne Buswell during Movie Week.
Although much of the Brazier family has dabbled in reality television, former I’m A Celebrity star Jeff, 44, explained why his youngest son wants to avoid the spotlight.
‘Freddie has spent his whole life looking at his older brother and that is difficult for most siblings,’ he said.
‘No, I don’t think Freddie wants to do reality programmes and he hasn’t been inspired to do what his brother has done because whenever Bobby has done something, whether it’s karate or football, Freddie’s been like “I’m not doing that,” because it’s something that he doesn’t have to measure up to his brother or against him.’
He added: ‘All I’m describing is something that happens in most families, Freddie wants to forge his own path, his qualities are immense in terms of his emotional intelligence. So I’m really excited for his future, but there’s no pressure on Freddie to follow in anyone’s footsteps whether that be Bobby mine or his mum.’
Jeff rose to popularity after appearing on Shipwrecked in 2001, while ex-partner Jade Goody rose to recognition after appearing on the blockbuster reality series Big Brother in 2002.
Goody died of cervical cancer in 2009, at the age of 27, leaving behind her two children, Bobby and Freddie, whom she shared with Jeff.
The reality series resumed after a five-year hiatus earlier this week, with new hosts AJ Odudu and Will Best welcoming 16 new participants into the renowned house.
Several fans (2.5 million and over) turned in to see the much-anticipated opening programme, including TV host Jeff, but he wasn’t thrilled when housemate Olivia fell into tears after fearing for her spot in the game.
He explained ‘I switched on for two minutes (on Sunday) after watching Celeb SAS which we never miss that’s our favourite and there’s some contention, they didn’t know they was putting someone up for public vote and it caused great contention between the two individuals [Olivia and Jenkin].
He added: ‘It caused great discomfort for the girl that had to vent in the diary room and it’s not the sort of thing I want to watch. I don’t enjoy seeing drama like that.’
He continued: ‘For some people it might be what they want to view in an evening. I want good energy rather than see someone go through emotional distress.
‘They’ll have a lot of fun in there and I’m sure they’re relationship will improve, but as a snapshot, it might not be for me.’
Jeff has teamed with Sky Mobile to assist parents and kids stay connected as the new academic year begins.
Being a dad-of-two, he told us: ‘One thing I’ve never done is change myself to please my children but it’s so easy to do because you think ‘would it improve our relationship if they think I’m cooler?
‘Our children are good at sensing we’re trying to please them or evolve to seem more relevant.’
The I’m A Celebrity star continued: ‘I don’t think I’m guilty of anything by sending a thumbs up, my kids have never come back saying I’ve been insensitive. It’s just for grownups we write what we mean. A quarter of young people have ignored their parents’ phone calls and we asked what parents are doing wrong.
‘The contradiction is that they get upset with us bombarding them, all of the people I’ve spoken too have been livid about the ‘thumbs up’ saying ‘where’s the context?’
Jeff Brazier interviews students about common text and phone blunders with their parents as they head back to uni. New research reveals most parents keep their teens on their phone plans to ensure they always have enough data to stay in contact. Sky Mobile rolls all unused data into one Sky Piggybank for all on the account to share, giving students access to the Piggybank of Mum and dad when they need it.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.
Source My Celebrity Life.