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    Jonnie Irwin has decided not to tell his children it will be their last Christmas together as a family.

    The longstanding presenter of A Place in the Sun was diagnosed with with lung cancer in 2020 but he revealed last month that his disease is terminal.

    But he has now opened up about his plans over how he and his family plan to celebrate over the festive period.

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    The Channel 4 presenter got married to Jessica Holmes in 2016 and they share three children together, Rex, four, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac.

    But couple made the decision not to tell their sons about his battle with the disease because: "Why break their hearts when they're having such fun?"

    They told the Daily Mail: “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?

    However he also opened up on how he will eventually break the news to his oldest son.

    He said: “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.”

    Jonnie admitted he and his wife were not going to massively spoil their children with presents.

    Instead, the couple admitted they are focused on creating memories with their boys, as they planned exciting trips to Peppa Pig World and Legoland.

    Speaking about his terminal diagnosis, he said: "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, 'Don't worry. You will.' Well I probably won't, mate.”

    However, Jess, 40, previously admitted she is scared of what will come after Jonnie passes but explained she will have no choice but to cope for the sake of her children.

    The mum-of-three said: "It scares me, the sadness coming my way. Everyone says, 'You'll manage. You'll be surprised.' I've never had dark thoughts for myself but I wonder now: 'How will I cope with the sadness?' I know I'll have to, for the boys."

    She added: "I'll have to put a smile on my face. But it worries me, the great grief that will hit me."

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