Jonnie Irwin: TV host opens up about his terminal disease

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Channel 4's Jonnie Irwin describes a difficult period in his life.

Jonnie Irwin established himself as a familiar place on Channel 4 after he became a part of the lifestyle TV series A Place in the Sun in 2004, as well as the BBC show Escape to the Country. His earnest and charming personality have earned him many fans in the country.

The TV host is currently taking part in the 2022 edition of I'm a Celebrity...Get me Out of Here! and he opened up about a difficult experience he has been going through.

Jonnie Irwin: TV host opens up about his terminal disease

Jonnie Irwin's family

Irwin is married to Jessica Holmes, and the couple officially tied the knot in 2016. Together they're raising a three-year-old son, Rex, and two-year-old twins, Cormac and Rafa, reports Express. As opposed to Irwin being in the spotlight, his wife is seemingly content with a private life as there's barely any information about her on the internet.

However, the couple does share moments of celebration with the world. The birth of their twins, Cormac and Rafa was revealed on Irwin's Instagram in 2020.

The caption read:

They’ve arrived! After spending a long day at the hospital, the boys decided to show up at last. They share every physical characteristic, including a substantial 5 pounds 7 pounds each. Still no names.

He added:

As always, Jess was magnificent. She has been dragging around what resembled a globe for the past few weeks, and I’m very proud of her. I also want to thank the incredible team at The RVI in Newcastle.
Jonnie Irwin: TV host opens up about his terminal disease

A difficult revelation

Speaking to HELLO! Magazine, Irwin recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and at the moment it has metastasized to his brain. It is further noted that his diagnosis happened in 2020 during the shoot of A Place in the Sun in Italy. While driving, Irwin experienced blurred vision and the subsequent tests confirmed cancer.

Irwin said:

I don't know how long I have left. I don’t know how long I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it.

He also elaborated on how difficult it was to tell his wife:

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 apologize to her. I felt so responsible.
Jonnie Irwin: TV host opens up about his terminal disease

People Magazine reported on how the TV host made the difficult decision to keep this information hidden from his children, and instead focus on maintaining their innocence and making memories with the remaining time he's got.

Irwin stated that it was very difficult to continue working without revealing this information to anyone, stating that it 'felt like I was carrying a dirty secret, it's become a monkey on my back.'

He noted:

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
Jonnie Irwin: TV host opens up about his terminal disease

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