JONNIE Irwin has revealed he’s not telling his children it’s likely to be his last Christmas.
Die A Place in the Sun host, 49, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020, and has been given just months to live.
But Jonnie and wife Jess intend on giving their children – Rex, who turns four on Christmas Day and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac the best day.
Asked if his kids understand how unwell he is, hy het aan die Daaglikse pos: “Not yet. When I’m more frail or in bed for days we might.
“If you have 20 days left, why spend them in mourning and confusion? Why not just have 15 days of pure, blissful ignorance and five days of knowing the facts?
“I’m not looking forward to the chat with Rex. We’re still thinking about it. I’ve learnt that it’s best to do nothing if you’re unsure.”
The couple have decided not to go too mad on buying toys for the children and instead they want to make memories with them – with trips to Legoland and Peppa Pig World.
Jonnie fears his children, particularly the twins, won’t remember him when he is gone.
Since his diagnosis, the cancer has spread his and his liver and he says: “’I’ve been told I’ve got months to live. We’re hurtling towards where we don’t want to be.
“I’ve had a big dose of reality. I’m not going to beat this. People say, ‘Moenie bekommerd wees nie. You will.’ Well I probably won’t, mate.”
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The star has been busy working hard to ensure Jess and the kids are provided for when he is gone and mortgage free.
Jonnie discovered he had cancer – which has spread to his brain – a week after filming A Place in the Sun in Italy in August 2020.
One of the show’s longest-running presenters, he joined alongside Jasmine Harman in 2004 and had been filming as recently as April this year.