A Place in The Sun and Escape To The Country presenter Jonnie Irwin has revealed that he been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Irwin, 48, has been told he has just six months to live following his terminal cancer diagnosis, and he hopes sharing his diagnosis will inspire others to “make the most of every day”.
The Channel 4 and BBC TV presenter has shared how his lung cancer has sadly spread to his brain, and admits that he “doesn’t know how long he has left” after being told the upsetting news.
Irwin, who shares three-year-old son Rex and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with his wife Jessica, said he had chosen to keep his illness private until now.
The star spoke about early warning signs of his illness, which came while he was filming A Place In The Sun in August 2020 in Italy.
“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live,” he told Hello! Magazine. “I had to go home and tell my wife, who was looking after our babies, that she was on her own pretty much. That was devastating. “All I could do was apologise to her. I felt so responsible.”
“It’s got to the point now where it feels like I’m carrying a dirty secret, it’s become a monkey on my back,” he continued in his interview with the publication. “I hope that by shaking that monkey off I might inspire people who are living with life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day, to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you are dying.
“One day, this is going to catch up with me, but I’m doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible.
“I owe that to Jess and our boys. Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family.”