A Place in the Sun’s Jonnie Irwin, who is currently battling lung cancer which has since spread to his brain, has urged his fans in an emotional interview not to “make the same mistake” that he did.
The 49 year old was first diagnosed in 2020, however he didn’t make his diagnosis public until last year as he felt like bosses wouldn’t want to work with him and that he had to keep working.
The star has since being very open and honest about his journey and speaking to AIG Life's The OneChat podcast he has candidly revealed what he regrets and urged fans not to do the same.
Speaking on the podcast, he said: “I didn’t take critical illness insurance out and therefore I had to keep working.
“Without work, I’ve got no means of paying the bills. And if I had taken the critical illness insurance out, that could’ve covered my outgoings and I probably could’ve told the world a lot sooner."
He continued and said he could have had a more “open lifestyle” if he had taken out the cover before he said: “I thought I was doing well just taking out life insurance. It’s one positive thing and helped me a great deal in getting a financial position in life to know my wife and my boys are more secure. But how I wish I’d taken out that extra cover.”
At the weekend the star gave fans an insight into what he called the "best Father's Day ever" as he shared some wholesome snaps.
Jonnie has three young sons and shared photos of how they spoiled him for Father's Day with his fans on Instagram.
Jonnie posted photos from his day with his children, including homemade cards, a delicious-looking chocolate Guinness cake, and a visit to his brother-in-law for a ride on his motorbike.
He sweetly captioned the photos: “Had The best Father’s Day ever. Breakfast of Chocolate Guinness cake baked expertly my brilliant wife then cards from the boys and visit from my brother in law for a brief pillion ride back in time to enjoy some of the highs and lows of the Ashes ending in more cake with more family washed down by a drop of champers.”
Jonnie was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2020 and although he was told he probably had six months left, he has outlived doctors' expectations.
He recently told how he hadnot shared his diagnosis with his young children yet because he didn't want to confuse them.
Explaining his decision to Hello!, he said: "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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