The former Steps star shared the Celebrity Big Brother house with Jade during the Shilpa Shetty race row and broke down in tears in the Diary Room about the situation.
But speaking after Jade's tragic death Ian said: "She wasn't a bad person. She was just trying to do good."
He continued: "I got to know her very well. It's obviously a really, really sad time you know for Jade's boys and her family and my heart does go out to (them)."
Since leaving Big Brother house, Ian has had several starring roles in plays and musicals - and he may even be in line for a film role.
"I have just had a recall for a film which is unbelievable. I can't really say much about it at the moment but if I get it, it would be amazing," he said.