Johnny Ruffo makes plans to start a family amid ongoing brain cancer battle

Aug 29, 2022
Johnny Ruffo has been battling aggressive brain cancer for five years. Source: Instagram @johnny_ruffo

Australian sweetheart Johnny Ruffo has revealed he wants to be a father one day, sharing that he has already frozen his sperm in the hopes of having children in the future.

The 34-year-old former Home and Away star opened up regarding his decision in his new memoir No Finish Line, saying he thought it was a necessary step to take in case he became infertile while undergoing treatment for his brain cancer, in extracts published in Stellar magazine.

“Suddenly I was having to have conversations about chemotherapy, radiation, and whether it was necessary to freeze my sperm just in case I became infertile,” he wrote.

“One of the saddest things about cancer is that even though it can feel like an isolating experience and that you’re the only victim, you quickly learn that it’s actually quite a large club that nobody asked to be part of.”

Johnny Ruffo and girlfriend of 7 years, Tahnee Sims. Source: Instagram @johnny_ruffo

According to Ruffo, before being diagnosed with brain cancer, his primary focus was his singing career and his long-time girlfriend Tahnee Sims.

“There’s something about nearly dying that puts things in perspective for you… Up until that point, the only real things that had mattered in my life, in no particular order, were performing, recording music, acting, Tahnee, family and partying with friends,” he explained.

Since his shock diagnosis, Sims has been a constant pillar of support for her boyfriend, with Ruffo confessing in interviews he believes his girlfriend’s insistence that he go get a check-up at the hospital for his recurring migraines saved his life. 

“We’ve been through so much together now. The longer we stay together, the stronger the bond,” he said. 


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The release of Ruffo’s memoir comes shortly after the young entertainer shared that it has been five years since he was first diagnosed with brain cancer.

Ruffo was first diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2017 when what he believed to be a migraine turned out to be a very serious brain tumour.

Doctors had removed a fist-size tumour from his brain, which may have been growing for up to 10 years.

“The doctor said, ‘If you didn’t come in [to the hospital], you would have gone to sleep and you would have been dead’,” Ruffo said at the time.

After successfully removing the tumour in 2017, fans were hit with devasting news three years later in 2020 when Ruffo penned a heartbreaking post announcing his brain cancer had returned.

Since then, Ruffo has regularly updated fans via social media, giving them insights on his second bout with brain cancer.

The actor has since appeared in good spirits as he continued to undergo treatments, thanking his fans and his girlfriend for their endless support.

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