‘You mean the world to me’: Johnny Ruffo’s heartfelt message to mum Jill

Johnny Ruffo shared touching tribute to beloved mum. Source: Instagram @johnny_ruffo

Aussie television sweetheart Johnny Ruffo has hearts across the nation melting after taking to social media to share a wholesome Mother’s Day tribute to his mum, Jill.

On Sunday, May 14, the former Home and Away star shared two photos of his beloved mum on Instagram, writing that she “meant to the world to him”.


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The first photo shows the 35-year-old posing next to his mum as she held a giant floral bouquet.

“Happy Mothers Day. Sometimes I take for granted the things you do, but just know how much I love and appreciate you, you mean the world to me xx,” he captioned the post.

The second photo shows Ruffo with his mum and longtime girlfriend Tahnee Sims enjoying a meal at Nick’s restaurant in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Fans of the actor were clearly moved by his tribute as many flocked to the comment section to leave kind words to both Ruffo and Jill.

“Lovely johnny perfect words and you mum would be so proud of you!!”

“A strong woman built a strong son.”

“Happy Mother’s Day to your Mum Jill hope you spoilt her rotten and I hope she had an Amazing day.”

“Two beautiful smiles and a fabulous bouquet of flowers. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Since confirming last year that his brain cancer diagnosis was terminal, Ruffo has committed to living his life to the fullest and has made spending time with his loved ones his top priority.

Last Christmas, Ruffo and Sims flew back to the actor’s hometown in Perth to spend the holidays with his family and finally be reunited with his older brother Michael for the first time in over three years.

Besides his girlfriend, Ruffo’s brother is his “closest” companion with the star previously claiming that navigating the pandemic and his second bout with cancer without Michael’s physical presence was a challenge.

“We’re thick as thieves. Honestly, he is my hero. He is everything to me. And I cannot wait to see him. I don’t know how I’m going to react, I cannot wait, he’s everything,” Ruffo said.

Back in August 2022, Ruffo had also expressed his desire to be a father in the future and had already taken the necessary steps in case he became infertile while undergoing chemotherapy.

According to Ruffo, “There’s something about nearly dying that puts things in perspective for you.”

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