Race row TV star visits Indian charity
NEW DELHI --Jade Goody, who triggered a racism row on the recent British reality TV show "
"I am not giving the money to improve my image. It is to improve the lives of the underprivileged children," Goody told reporters Tuesday. She spent nearly 90 minutes with some of the children at the Anubhav charity in New Delhi.
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty won the reality contest in January after being confined in a house for about three weeks with Goody and other participants. Goody outraged the public and sparked allegations of racism after she criticized Shetty's cooking of Indian food and mocked her accent.
After the British public voted to evict Goody from the show, she insisted that she wasn't racist.
Shetty's publicist, Dale Bhagwagar, said the 31-year-old actress hasn't dwelled on the incident.
"Shilpa doesn't hold grudges or animosity against anyone," Bhagwagar said. "She has moved on after `Big Brother.'"
Goody said she wouldn't visit Mumbai to meet Shetty.
The Indian Tourism Office had placed ads in several British newspapers inviting Goody to experience the country's healing nature. However, Goody said she was in India on a private visit.
She became famous after appearing on the noncelebrity version of "Big Brother," and earned an estimated $16 million through TV and magazine appearances, an autobiography and an exercise video -- a livelihood endangered by her behavior in the house.
On Tuesday, Goody said she was donating to charities whatever she earned from appearing on the TV show and subsequent media interviews.
"Seeing the pain of these children put everything into perspective and made me think that the problem I might have at home is nothing in comparison to what these children are going through. It has been an amazing day," she said.