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Jeff Brazier explains why he charges 17-year-old model son Bobby rent

Amy Johnson
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Jeff Brazier at the Build LDN event at AOL London on June 7, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Jeff Brazier (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Presenter Jeff Brazier has detailed why he charges his 17-year-old son Bobby, a model, rent.

The teenager is the eldest of the two sons Jeff had with ex-partner Jade Goody, who died in 2009. Since her death he has been a single dad to Bobby and his younger brother Freddie, 16.

He opened up about his parenting on Nick Berry's Dadpod podcast, stating that he wanted to encourage a "work ethic" in his boys.

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“If the work ethic isn't there, then I would put some things in place in order to encourage that, such as charging Bobby rent.

Bobby Brazier attends the TommyNow show during London Fashion Week February 2020 at the Tate Modern on February 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Images for BFC)
Bobby Brazier attends the TommyNow show during London Fashion Week February 2020. (BFC/Getty Images for BFC)

"That's something I decided to do because I believe in that as a motivational tool for him to go and, you know, work four or five hours doing a pot wash in the local caff or the restaurant or whatever," Jeff, 41, said.

Although Bobby has been making a career for himself in the modelling world, earlier this year he said he was short on the monthly rent.

In a light-hearted now-deleted TikTok video he told fans his privileges, including driving lessons and lifts to the train station, would stop if he failed to pay.

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His modelling credits have included shoots for TINGS Magazine, Man About Town and walking for Dolce and Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

He lives with his father and brother as well as step-mum Kate Dwyer, whom Jeff married in 2018.

On the podcast Jeff also spoke about his youngest son, explaining he had a "terrible time" at school due to struggles with his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Jeff Brazier and his sons Bobby Jack (L) and Freddie (R) attend the HomeChoice Enchanted Wood Tea Party at The Music Room on July 20, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Harding/Getty Images)
Jeff Brazier and his sons Bobby Jack, left, and Freddie, right, in 2005. (Getty Images)

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Sharing that he was "really settled" now, Jeff said: "I remember a teacher saying to me ‘Isn't it about time you put your son on medication?’” … he felt like he was the naughty kid and, as a result, he played to that.

"So, over the years we've been trying to unravel all of that, unpick it so that he can just be settled in an environment where he can be himself.”

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