Johnny Ruffo has been diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time in four years.
Despite the devastating news, the former Home and Away player was all smiles at his 33rd birthday celebrations with family and friends.
‘I can’t thank you enough for spoiling me so much this weekend,’ the Australian actor and singer said of his girlfriend Tahnee Sims.
‘Thanks to this beautiful girl for spoiling me this weekend for my birthday, you went beyond and beyond, and you continue to impress and amaze me at every stop,’ Johnny said of the couple’s trip to Sydney.
‘To the stars and back, I love you… ‘I love you so much and can’t wait to spend the rest of the day with you,’ Tahnee wrote on the day, along with a screenshot of their time together over the years.
Johnny’s former Home & Away co-star Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts on Seven’s soap, sent him a special shout-out.
‘I’d like to wish Johnny Ruffo a happy birthday. You’re courageous and inspiring while still being totally unacceptable and the most politically incorrect guy I’ve ever met! And I love you! ‘Have a wonderful day, darling, and I hope to see you again,’ she said.
In late February, Johnny had lunch with Lynne and wrote on Instagram, ‘What a pleasure catching up with this lovely girl.’
In 2017, the star was diagnosed with brain cancer for the first time.
Johnny revealed in May 2019 that he was cancer-free, two years after hearing the devastating news that he had an advanced brain tumour.
On November 24, 2020, however, Johnny shared the devastating news that he is once again fighting brain cancer.
‘It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that, after an unexpected week of seizures and crippling headaches, I now face another major struggle as my brain cancer has returned,’ he wrote at the time on Instagram.
Johnny has been keeping fans up to date with his condition via social media, posting pictures of himself in the hospital undergoing what seems to be chemotherapy.
He had a 7cm brain tumour surgically removed during his first brain cancer battle in 2017, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Johnny soared to fame after placing third on the talent show The X Factor in 2011.
From 2013 to 2016, he played Chris Harrington on Home and Away.
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