Jonnie Irwin celebrates 7 years married to ‘angel’ wife amid terminal cancer battle10/01/2023
Jonnie Irwin has hailed his wife as an "angel" in a heartfelt tribute as the couple marked their seven year anniversary.
The A Place In The Sun presenter, who is battling terminal lung cancer, married Jessica Holmes in 2016, which Jonnie described at the time as the "happiest weekend of my life".
The couple share three sons – Rex, four, and three year old twins, Rafa and Cormac.
Jonnie, 49, and Jessica, 40, dined out for the special occasion, and enjoyed a glass of fizz with dessert.
In a sweet snap shared with his 223k Instagram followers on Sunday, Jonnie said: "7 years married to this Angel. I use this term because the love she shows to others is beyond comparison.
"Last night was just us; chatting, planning and gossiping. So good. Amazing food and staff at @lovagejesmond made our evening perfect. #anniversary."
Messages of congratulations poured in from both friends and fans.
Jonnie's former A Place in the Sun colleagues were among those to send their well wishes, as Jasmine Harman commented: "Gosh 7 years! I remember your wedding day like yesterday! Lots of love to you both and happy anniversary," while Amanda Lamb wrote: "Happiest of days to you both you gorgeous pair."
Another person said: "You make a lovely couple, so glad you found each other. Happy Anniversary and wishing you all the very best."
"Happy Anniversary to you both.. wishing you both the very best life had to offer, and hope the next 7 bring you all your wishes and dreams," wrote one fan.
Jonnie was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2020, but didn't publicly reveal his diagnosis until November 2022.
He was initially given six months to live, but, despite the cancer spreading to his brain, has outlived doctor’s predictions with the help of medication, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Jonnie has opened up over the last few months about the palliative care he has been receiving and says it is not the "doom and gloom operation" it is thought to be.
In an interview with Morning Live, he said: "I've been using [palliative care] for three years. Palliative care is the care that you're given when the doctors think you won't recover, so I've been in palliative care since day one.
"It's a delight actually, I wouldn't say it's like a hotel but it's like a very very nice private hospital. My perception of a hospice was very much a boiling hot room full of people that look frail and towards the end of their days, but it's nothing of the sort."
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