Shilpa Shetty has credited Jade Goody with giving her a high profile.
The Bollywood actress became a household name in Britain amid a racism storm in 'Celebrity Big Brother 2007'.
Thousands of viewers complained over the treatment of Shetty by Goody and other housemates.
The pair later patched up their differences and became friends.
Shetty said she felt that Goody, who died aged 27 on Sunday after battling cervical cancer, was destined to be in her life.
Speaking to Richard and Judy on Watch, Shetty accepted that she owed Goody for the profile that their association gave her.
She said: “She was the architect of my fame, and I give her the credit for that.
“It’s been a learning curve for all the viewers watching Big Brother how it’s important to think before you speak, how feelings are important.
“I really believe that Jade also learnt from that whole episode.
“Then again, her coming back into my life two years later, and we being able to become friends and putting that into the past, is again something that was karma and was meant to happen, it was destiny.
“And I’m so glad that happened as I’d never have been able to forgive myself.”
Shetty said that the pair’s past remained unresolved, and that they never had the opportunity to properly put their history behind them.
She said: “We didn’t get the chance to bury the hatchet, we kind of moved on with our lives.
“Every time her name was taken, my name would be taken and the whole racism issue would be raked up.
“Every time mine was taken, her name would be taken, we had this weird connect in a strange way.
“I was telling a friend earlier she was meant to come into my life, and all the things that have happened were pre-ordained.”
On the last time she spoke to Goody, Shetty reflected: “It was two days before she got married, she invited me and I congratulated her and she seemed very happy.
“I was happy on one front for her that that’s something she really wanted, and I felt she did it for money because she wanted to secure her sons’ future.
“She led a very short life, but she’s seen it all, she’s seen the highs, the lows, she’s had children at such a young age, she’s married.”
Shetty, who has recently bought a home in Weybridge, Surrey, spoke of her own plans for marriage and children.
She said: “I believe in the institution of marriage, I’m dying to have kids, and when you see the Weybridge home, it’s huge, it’s a great family home, so I can’t wait to bring up children there.”