In a fighter’s stance, wearing boxing gloves with his favourite football kit, Jade Goody’s eldest son Bobby, five, shows some of the fighting spirit he has clearly inherited from his brave mother Jade.
With younger brother Freddie, four, just behind him, the boys were seen in public for the first time since their mother’s death from cervical cancer on Mother’s Day.
Their father, Jeff Brazier, who will now assume full-time care of his sons, sent them to school as normal, and both appeared to be coping well after being told the news on Sunday that ‘Mummy had gone to heaven’.
Bobby, dressed in a Juventus strip, had played football after school, donned a pair of boxing gloves and delighted in showing off his fancy footwork.
Freddie, meanwhile, still dressed in his school uniform, ran over to stroke a neighbour’s dog.
X Factor tour presenter Jeff laughed at his playful sons, who have been living with him full-time since their final visit to their mother more than a week ago.
The boys’ grandmother -Jeff’s mother Jeanette - said: ‘We are just trying to keep them grounded, keep them in their routine. They are doing well, they’re lovely boys.’
It was Jeff who broke the news of their mother’s passing to the boys early on Sunday morning.
He drew a picture of the heavens and stars to explain where she had gone. A source told The Sun: ‘He told them that is where their mum is, looking down.’
Jade left around £4million in a trust fund for the boys, and paid their school fees until they are 16 to ensure they get the best education possible.
They are said to be doing well at school with Bobby talented at sports.
The mood was kept deliberately upbeat with face painting and football keeping the pair occupied as they played in the spring sunshine.
While she was alive, Jade, who shot to fame on the third series of Big Brother, prepared the boys for her inevitable death by telling them ‘Mummy’s going to heaven soon’.
Since Jade was told the cancer was terminal in the New Year, she took expert advice from bereavement counsellors on the best way to help her sons deal with losing their mother at such a young age.