Perhaps it’s because we remember Jade Goody’s very public death so vividly that we got a chill down our spines when we read this interview initially.
The memory of Jade crying in the Indian Big Brother diary room as she was told that she had cervical cancer in August 2008. By February the following year, the cancer had metastasized and she became terminally ill. On March 22, at the age of 27, she passed away.
It turns out Caprice’s story started out in some way similar. She had been competing, and doing very well, in notoriously dangerous reality TV show The Jump. Midway through, she left the competition with ‘health concerns’.
“I was diagnosed with a brain tumour,” she said.
“I found out while I was competing in the show and boy, was it more horrific than any of the challenges.”
The former model and lingerie mogul has since undergone surgery to remove the tumour.
“I had headaches that were not going away and my vision was beginning to act up so the show’s production insisted I see their doctor.
“My first thought was for my two little boys [Jett and Jax]. I’m their rock and keep my family together. It was the scariest moment I’d ever experienced.”
Caprice was one of four contestants forced to quit the show this year. Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins broke his ankle, while Vogue Williams dislocated her knee.
Former rugby star Gareth Thomas also left for “personal reasons”.