updated 05/29/2009 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/29/2009 AT 2:10 PM ET
Jack Tweed, the widower of tragic reality TV star Jade Goody, was released from jail Friday after serving only half of a 12-week sentence for assaulting a taxi driver in May 2008.
Tweed, 21, stepped into the English sunshine to be greeted with a kiss by his mom Mary at Edmunds Hill Prison near Newmarket, Suffolk, about 70 miles northeast of London.
Tweed married Goody, 27, in the last weeks of her life as she fought a very public battle with cervical cancer. The mother-of-two, who had shot to fame in Big Brother died in March. Her April funeral was witnessed by thousands of fans who lined the route to the church. Tweed was jailed soon after, on April 14.
Then, magistrates gave him a more lenient sentence for the 2008 assault because of a change in “his personal circumstances,” the BBC reports.
One of his first acts as a free man was to visit his wife’s grave and celebrate his freedom with a party in a nightclub near his home Sunday.
Meanwhile, Goody’s life still fascinates the public. A cancer diary she penned as a love letter to her sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4, has sold 86,000 copies in five weeks.