The mother of Jack Tweed, who is in prison awaiting trial, on a rape charge has told of her distress at his threats to commit suicide.
The 22-year-old widower of reality television star Jade Goody is accused of raping a woman at his home in Woodford Green, east London, in the early hours of Friday September 4.
In an interview with the News of the World, Mary Tweed, 53, said she worried about her son "every second of the day", particularly since he told her during a prison visit that he wanted to end his life.
She said: "Jack was a shambles. He hadn't washed in days, he looked grubby and grimy and there was dirt round his neck.
"But it was his mental state that was even more shocking to me. As soon as he saw me he broke down in tears and told me straight out that he wanted to kill himself.
"He asked me to take flowers to Jade's grave and just kept repeating that he didn't want to carry on living.
"The absolutely worst thing a mother can hear is her son say he wants to end his life."
Tweed's antics have kept him in the headlines since Goody died in March this year, shortly after the couple were married.
His mother said the former club promoter was struggling to come to terms with his wife's death, but denied reports that his drinking was out of control.
He is now in Pentonville Prison on remand over the rape charge and must return to court for a plea and case management hearing on November 16.