Jonnie Irwin heartbreakingly recalls 'brutal memory' telling wife about cancer

A Place In The Sun star Jonnie Irwin has heartbreakingly recalled telling his wife Jessica about his terminal cancer diagnosis.

The 49-year-old announced in November 2022 that he could have ‘months to live’ after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, with the disease having spread from his lungs to his brain.

The doting dad-of-three has since been giving updates about his health, and recently spoke frankly about his terminal illness in a new interview as he geared up to spend what will likely be his last Father’s Day with his wife Jess and their three children, Rex, four, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac.

Speaking on the AIG Life’s The OneChat podcast, Jonnie opened up about telling his wife about his diagnosis, saying it was ‘brutal’.

He began: ‘A woman who only two months before has had twins, how do you tell her that you’re going to be there anymore?

‘So I just went upstairs, I can remember it like it was yesterday and I’ve got no memory since my whole brain therapy.

‘But that bloody memory stays in my head and it is brutal.

‘And all I can remember is hugging her and just saying sorry and I still feel sorry now.’

Elsewhere, the TV star explained he’s ‘not good’ to be around when in pain so he ‘removes himself’ from his family.

‘I remove myself on a number of occasions because I’m not good to be around when I’m in pain,’ Jonnie explained.

He added to HELLO! according to MailOnline: ‘I’m like a bear with a sore head and I don’t want them to be around that.’

Jonnie also told the outlet that he hasn’t yet told his three young sons about his cancer diagnosis.

He shared: ‘I keep being asked, “Are you going to tell them?” but tell them what?

‘It would be horrible news that they’d have to get their heads around. And it would confuse the hell out of Rex – he’s got a shocking enough day coming. Let’s bury our heads in the sand for as long as possible.’

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