Jonnie Irwin has been supported by his wife and children as he's struggling to fight his cancer.
Jonnie Irwin, the presenter of A Place In The Sun, says he owes his optimistic outlook to 'Jess and our boys,' as the father-of-three discusses how he is dealing with the news that his cancer diagnosis is terminal.
What is Jonnie Irwin's condition?
The 49-year-old suffers from lung cancer that has migrated to his brain, and doctors are unable to tell him how much time he has left. According to Wales Online, Irwin was initially aware of his sickness when his vision became fuzzy while driving while filming A Place in the Sun in Italy in August 2020.
Despite initially being given six months to live, Jonnie has outlived the doctor’s predictions after an array of medication, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, according to OK!. Along this difficult journey, the A Place In The Sun host is being supported by his devoted family.
Speaking alongside his wife Jessica Holmes, the father-of-three discussed how he is trying to be optimistic while battling cancer and how he has set 'little markers' - things he wants to be present for.
Inside the couple's peaceful life
Jonnie and Jessica, 40, married in September 2016 and have since welcomed three children into their lives: Rex, three, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac. Not much is known about his wife as she's not a public figure, but one thing is certain: This woman has stood by Jonnie's side as he's battling his cancer.
Jonnie previously told Hello! magazine about his fatal diagnosis:
‘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.’
Over the years, the property expert has shared pieces of his and Jessica's idyllic family life with their young children with his 40,200 Instagram followers.
Jonnie's Instagram profile is loaded with charming photographs of his adored wife and children enjoying holidays and spending time together in their home in the Hertfordshire town of Berkhamsted, in addition to snaps of the star filming TV projects.
‘I love working on location but the downside is I miss some family moments,’ Jonnie captioned a picture of Jessica and two of their kids sporting Tottenham Hotspurs onesies.
According to Hello!, the host devotes all of his time to being a good father at his family's house while he isn't out on a shoot.
Earlier this year, the host posted a photo of himself riding a bike with one of his boys to Instagram, writing: ‘The best way to start the day. #nurseryrun.’
According to the Daily Express, Jonnie confessed it's simple to forget how challenging it can be to be a working parent at times as he shared a photo of his three small children looking angelic while reflecting on raising three young children in July of this year.
‘The sleep deprivation and the tonnes of funky nappies are long forgotten when they’re like this. As Rex would say- my brudders!’
Jonnie's advice to people
The host of Escape To The Country made the difficult decision to inform the world of his terminal diagnosis, before urging others to purchase life insurance should they contract a terminal disease like him.
He shared in his recent interview:
‘That has helped so much and when I leave this planet, I’ll do so knowing Jess and the boys are in a house that is fully paid off and there’s a bit of money in the bank for them to live off.’