A Place In The Sun’s Jonnie Irwin takes son to see Santa for ‘last Christmas’

A Place In The Sun’s Jonnie Irwin takes son to see Santa for ‘last Christmas’

December 8, 2022

A Place In The Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin enjoyed visiting Santa with his wife and son for what could be his last Christmas.

The TV presenter, 49, revealed last month that he is terminally ill following a cancer diagnosis in 2020.

He was initially given six months to live when first diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, but has outlived doctor’s predictions with the help of medication, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

But in an interview with The Sun, he admitted that this Christmas could be his "last one" and has said he wants to focus on creating as many memories as he can with his family.

The property expert said: "I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Christmas will be tricky. I’m not saying this will be my last one because I don’t know for certain.

"I want to be here as long as I can but it could be and I want to enjoy it and just spend time with Jess and the kids."

Taking to Instagram, Jonnie uploaded a series of snaps showing his family's visit to see Santa Claus.

Captioning his post, Jonnie wrote: "Ok, I’ve given in, Christmas is here! Nothingbtondonwith the mince pies and mulled wine on offer at all! Merry Christmas! X"

The pictures showed him alongside his wife Jess, and eldest child Rex, who's just three years old.

The couple also have twins, Rafa and Cormac, who are both two years old, but they were not present in the snaps.

The twins were just a month old when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which has now spread to his brain. Doctors say he has “months, not years” left.

In November, Jonnie said he was forced to tell the public about his lung cancer diagnosis after online trolls told him he looked "too skinny".

The presenter appeared on an episode of Good Morning Britain where he discussed his terminal cancer diagnosis.

He said: "I wanted to keep it secret because professionally I didn't want to lose work. Also, socially and emotionally, people treat you differently.

"People start making decisions for you: 'I didn't want to ask you because you know you've got cancer'.

"So if I withheld that information, I found I could live a normal life right up until probably a year ago."

Talking about how he was forced to share the news, he said: "Certain busybodies on social media like: 'You don't look well', 'you look ill', 'you should go see the doctor'.

"I mean I had someone come up to me after A Place In The Sun live exhibition and said: 'My wife says you're too skinny'. I was just like: 'Well you're not are you!' and he couldn't believe I was biting back but what do people expect to gain from it."


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