BBC Host Jonnie Irwin Explains Why He Hasn't Told His Kids He Has Terminal Cancer

As he copes with his terminal cancer diagnosis, BBC host Jonnie Irwin won't be including a few of those closest to him in the news. As he told Hello! magazine, Jonnie has decided against telling his children about his cancer, instead choosing to live to the fullest with them while he still can.

Recently, Jonnie revealed his diagnosis

After keeping it a secret for more than two years, earlier this month, Jonnie told Hello! magazine that in August 2020, he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer that had spread to his brain in the middle of filming A Place in the Sun.

"Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live," he told the outlet. "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 has outlived the doctor's original prognosis

And in the process, he said that it has inspired him to "live a positive life."

"One day, this is going to catch up with me. But 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," he said.

He's decided against telling his sons about his cancer

Jonnie and wife Jessica have a 3-year-old son named Rex, along with 2-year-old twin boys Rafa and Cormac, and since their children are so young, they've decided not to share their dad's sad news with them.

Talking about Rex, he explained, "We make fun of my hair — he calls it my 'spiky head' — but as far as he's concerned, his dad is normal and why would I shatter that innocence?"

He's spending this time making memories instead

"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. I set little markers – things I want to be around for. I got into the habit of saying: 'Don't plan ahead because I might not be well enough.' But now I want to make plans," he said. "I want to make memories and capture these moments with my family because the reality is, my boys are going to grow up not knowing their dad and that breaks my heart."

This is a heartbreaking situation for any parent to face.

It's good to hear that Jonnie's staying positive

This celebrity dad has such a beautiful outlook on something that no one should ever have to face, and in the process, it sounds like he's making so many wonderful memories with the people he loves most.

Jonnie seems to be surrounded with love and support at an unfathomably difficult time — and the joy his sons bring him, too.

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