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A Place in the Sun's Jonnie Irwin hopes his wife meets new partner after his death

Gabriella Ferlita

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A Place in the Sun's Jonnie Irwin hopes his wife meets new partner after his death

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

A Place in the Sun’s Jonnie Irwin hopes that his wife will meet a new partner after his death.

The TV presenter, 49, was given just a six-month prognosis after he was tragically diagnosed with lung cancer - which has since spread to his brain - in August 2020.

While medication, radiotherapy and chemotherapy have helped him to beat the odds and prolong his time with his family, his cancer is still terminal.

Irwin met his other half through shared friends back in 2016, and they tied the knot within just one year.

A Place in the Sun’s Jonnie Irwin hopes that his wife meets a new partner after his death. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv
A Place in the Sun’s Jonnie Irwin hopes that his wife meets a new partner after his death. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

They now share children Rex, three, and twins Cormac and Rafa, two, together.

The father-come-media personality has admitted that he hopes his wife moves on after his death so that he can be sure she will be ‘supported’.

“In a selfless way, I want her to find someone else eventually and have some support. But at the same time, I don’t. It breaks my heart,” he told The Sun in a recent interview.

"Jess is not the sort to go on a dating app and in a perfect world I suppose she will meet a divorcé dad or someone who has lost their partner.”

And although the thought of his wife one day moving on is painful for Irwin, he understands that she is her own person who deserves to find happiness after the imminent tragedy of his death.

They share children Rex and twins Cormac and Rafa (pictured) together. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv
They share children Rex and twins Cormac and Rafa (pictured) together. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

"But it’s not my business, I guess. That’s her life as much as it hurts me to think this way.”

Irwin has also reflected on his children’s lives following his death, and said there’s ‘no chance’ his children will remember after revealing his terminal cancer.

The former A Place in the Sun host said he planned to make as many memories with his wife and kids before he passes.

He to the outlet: “Every time something really nice happens with them, I have this thing knocking at my door, saying, ‘Don’t get too happy because you’re not going to be around much longer.'

He understands his wife may need the 'support' from someone else eventually. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv
He understands his wife may need the 'support' from someone else eventually. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

“Then, I think they’re not going to remember me, they’re really not.

“They’re too young and if I die this year there’s no chance they will have memories.

“And someone else is probably going to bring them up. I’ve done the hard yards with them and someone else will get the easy bit.”

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, 8am–8pm seven days a week.

Topics: TV And Film, Celebrity, Sex and Relationships

Gabriella Ferlita
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