It was a shock to learn that the popular host of two television shows has terminal cancer. In a moving and emotional interview with HELLO! magazine, Escape to the Country host Jonnie Irwin speaks for the first time about how he has been diagnosed with lung cancer which has spread to his brain.
Until now, the star has chosen to keep his illness private but he has decided to give his only interview in a bid to get “the monkey off my back”.
His decision to speak out is admirable and will hopefully help others facing a similar diagnosis. Jonnie is clearly a fighter and we wish him all the best in the months and years ahead.
Jonnie Peacock was in Italy filming for A Place in the Sun when he got the first warning sign that something was wrong. His vision went blurry while driving, and tests soon revealed he had lung cancer which had spread to his brain.
“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live,” he recalls. “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 apologise to her. I felt so responsible.” Jonnie’s cancer diagnosis has been a difficult journey, but he remains positive and is grateful for the support of his family and friends.
Only Six Months to Live
Jonnie Irwin has revealed that he has been given “six months to live” one week after wrapping up filming for A Place In The Sun. The 48-year-old, who is known for his work on the beloved Channel 4 programme.
Magazine that he hopes his story will inspire people to make the most of everyday. Jonnie was diagnosed with lung cancer that has now spread to his brain, and although he doesn’t know exactly how long he has left to live, he wants to use his remaining time to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment.
His story is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. We hope that Jonnie’s courage in sharing his story will help to inspire others to do the same.
Jonnie Peacock was just 19 when he had to have his right leg amputated below the knee following a serious bacterial infection. The keen sportsman, who played rugby until he broke his back, married his wife Jessica Holmes in 2016, and share three boys.
Speaking to the magazine Jonnie spoke of how telling his wife about his tragic news was “devastating” and left him being unable to do anything other than apologise because he “felt so responsible”. Comparing keeping his health battle a “dirty secret” to having a “monkey on his back” the property expert wants to inspire those with “life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day”.
Despite everything he’s been through, Jonnie remains incredibly positive about life and is an ambassador for Limb Power, which helps other people with limb differences to get active. He also has a successful presenting career, fronting programmes such as The One Show and A Place In The Sun. When he’s not working, Jonnie is kept busy by his three young sons with Jessica – Reuben, seven months, Solon, three, and Ryder, five.