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A Place In The Sun star Jonnie Irwin, 48, enjoys a trip to Paris with his wife Jessica

A Place In The Sun star Jonnie Irwin has flown to Paris with his wife Jessica Holmes after the heartbreaking revelation that he has terminal cancer.

The presenter, 48, admitted to fans in an Instagram post on Friday that he found the last week surreal after speaking out about his diagnosis.

In a post on his Instagram page, Jonny also admitted that he was upset by the messages he received.

Vacation: A Place In The Sun star Jonnie Irwin flew to Paris with his wife Jessica Holmes after his heartbreaking revelation that he has terminal cancer

He told his followers: “It’s been a hell of a week. I am overwhelmed by the beautiful messages thank you very much. As touching as that was, I also found it quite surreal, almost like we were talking about someone else.

Paying tribute to his beloved wife Jessica Holmes, Jonnie wrote: ‘By my side throughout this so my wife thought I’d take us to Paris for the weekend.

“We were only able to do this with the help of my family, especially my amazing sisters who gave up everything and came to The Toon to take care of the boy band. We are having an amazing time. Thank you a lot. xxx. #family #onelife #paris.’

Tough: The presenter, 48, admitted to fans in an Instagram post on Friday that he found the last week surreal after speaking out about his diagnosis

Tough: The presenter, 48, admitted to fans in an Instagram post on Friday that he found the last week surreal after speaking out about his diagnosis

The couple were photographed by Notre Dame Cathedral as they stared into the camera lens with the Seine as their backdrop.

Jonnie was diagnosed with lung cancer which spread to his brain.

The Escape to the Country presenter revealed he was secretly battling the terminal illness and had six months to live two years ago.

As a married father of three – son Rex, three, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac – he said he hoped sharing his diagnosis would inspire others to “make the most of every day.” “.

Kind: In a post on his Instagram page, Jonny also admitted he was upset by the messages he received

Kind: In a post on his Instagram page, Jonny also admitted he was upset by the messages he received

The former estate agent’s television career began in 2004 when he was selected from hundreds of applicants to co-present Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun with Jasmine Harman.

In 2010 he gained more fans by becoming a regular host of Escape to the Country on BBC1.

Last week he revealed he was battling lung cancer which had tragically spread to his brain.

He said Hello magazine: ‘I carry a dirty secret – it’s become a monkey on my back. I don’t know how much time I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, I’m not dying of it. I put little markers – things I want to be there for. I got into the habit of saying, “Don’t plan ahead because I may not be doing well enough.”

Private battle: Jonnie, who shares three-year-old son Rex and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with his wife Jessica, said last week he had chosen to keep his illness private so far

Private battle: Jonnie, who shares three-year-old son Rex and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with his wife Jessica, said last week he had chosen to keep his illness private so far

“But now I want to make plans. I want to create memories and capture those moments with my family because the reality is that my boys are going to grow up not knowing their dad and that breaks my heart.

Jonnie was diagnosed with cancer while filming Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun in Italy in 2020. He was driving when his vision became blurry and home doctors discovered he was terminally ill. Cancer drugs and chemotherapy helped prolong his life.

The Leicestershire-born presenter is supported by his wife Jessica, 40. He said: “A week after returning from filming, I was given six months to live. I had to go home and tell my wife, who was taking care of our babies, that she was almost alone. It was devastating. All I could do was apologize to her. I felt so responsible.

Journey: The TV star who presents Channel 4's A Place In The Sun and the BBC's Escape To The Country, has revealed his lung cancer has spread to his brain.  He tried to work while secretly undergoing chemotherapy

Journey: The TV star who presents Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun and the BBC’s Escape To The Country, has revealed his lung cancer has spread to his brain. He tried to work while secretly undergoing chemotherapy

The couple live with their three children in Newcastle, having moved there from Hertfordshire in 2020.

Jonnie said he has chosen to keep his illness private until now. Her case is reminiscent of Dame Deborah James’ battle with bowel cancer, which she chose to publicize to raise awareness and fund research.

He said: “I could inspire people who live with life-limiting perspectives to make the most of every day, to help them see that you can live a positive life, even if you’re dying. One day, it will catch up with me, but I do everything to keep this day off as long as possible.

Career: Jonnie (pictured with Jasmine Harman in 2004), presents Channel 4's A Place In The Sun and BBC's Escape To The Country

Career: Jonnie (pictured with Jasmine Harman in 2004), presents Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun and BBC’s Escape To The Country

I owe it to Jess and our boys. Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do everything we can as a family.

He also urged people to take out life insurance, which he eventually decided to do when his twins were born.

He told Hello: ‘It has helped so much and when I leave this planet I will do so knowing that Jess and the boys are in a fully paid house and there is some money in the bank so that they live .’

Shock: Irwin, pictured here in 2010 at the TV Choice Awards, said he received the first warning signs of his illness in 2020

Shock: Irwin, pictured here in 2010 at the TV Choice Awards, said he received the first warning signs of his illness in 2020

Jonnie appeared on A Place In the Sun from 2004 until last year and was its longest-serving presenter, alongside co-star Jasmine Harman, who is still with the show.

The Channel 4 series has run for 462 episodes since it first aired on UK screens in September 2000 and still attracts some 472,000 viewers a week, according to recent figures.

He first appeared on Escape to the Country in 2010.

Jonnie’s social media was flooded with well wishes and messages of support following the news.

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TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has revealed he has terminal cancer, saying he hopes sharing his terminal cancer diagnosis will inspire others to

TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has revealed he has terminal cancer, saying he hopes sharing his terminal cancer diagnosis will inspire others to ‘make the most of every day’

Born in 1973, Jonnie Irwin grew up in Bitteswell, Leicestershire and attended Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College before becoming an estate agent.

In 2004, Irwin was selected from hundreds of applicants alongside co-presenter Jasmine Harman to present Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun – Home Or Away. The property program was a surprise and widely syndicated hit. . Irwin also regularly presents the BBC’s Escape To The Country and To Buy Or Not To Buy programmes.

In January 2011, Sky 1 aired Irwin’s own show called Dream Lives for Sale, in which he helped people leave their lives in the UK to buy their dream business.

Later that year he launched a new series The Renovation Game which aired weekday mornings on Channel 4.

Apart from presenting, he is also commercial director for Judicare, which describes itself as a “specialist law firm providing clients with legal advice on all matters related to overseas property”.

Irwin married Jessica Holmes in September 2016. Together they have three sons and lived in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, before moving to Newcastle.

On November 13, Irwin was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He told Hello magazine: “I don’t know how much time I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, I’m not dying of it.”