Johnny Ruffo thanks his girlfriend Tahnee Sims for helping him ‘find the fight every day’


Johnny Ruffo reveals his heartbreak over seeing his girlfriend Tahnee Sims suffer as his brain cancer worsens: ‘It feels like it’s all my fault’

Former Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has praised his girlfriend of seven years, Tahnee Sims, for supporting him throughout his brain cancer battle.

The actor and singer, 34, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2017, and revealed during an interview with The Project on Monday his prognosis was terminal.

Johnny told Who magazine on Thursday he loves Tahnee ‘more than anything’ and it breaks his heart to see the pain she is going through as his condition deteriorates.

Former Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has praised his girlfriend of seven years, Tahnee Sims, for supporting him throughout his brain cancer battle

‘Tahnee inspires me to want to do better and to be better. She helps me find the fight every day and I’m so grateful for that. I can’t thank her enough,’ he said.

Johnny revealed they try to keep their relationship as normal as possible by talking about plans for the future, but his grim prognosis is still a heavy burden for them.

‘I already feel the pain that she’s going to have to go through and there’s nothing I can do about that. I can’t take that away from her,’ he said.

‘It’s heartbreaking for me and it feels like it’s all my fault. I don’t know what to do. So we take each day as it comes. I’m fighting my hardest.’

Johnny told Who magazine on Thursday he loves Tahnee 'more than anything' and it breaks his heart to see the pain she is going through as his condition deteriorates

Johnny told Who magazine on Thursday he loves Tahnee ‘more than anything’ and it breaks his heart to see the pain she is going through as his condition deteriorates

Johnny was first diagnosed in August 2017 after suffering excruciating headaches. 

He was rushed to surgery and doctors removed a 7cm tumour from his frontal lobe, and also underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The former X Factor star went into remission months later but revealed in November 2021 the disease had returned.

Johnny confirmed to The Project on Monday his cancer was now terminal.

Johnny revealed they try to keep their relationship as normal as possible by talking about plans for the future, but his grim prognosis is still a heavy burden for them. (Pictured in 2015)

Johnny revealed they try to keep their relationship as normal as possible by talking about plans for the future, but his grim prognosis is still a heavy burden for them. (Pictured in 2015)

He told host Carrie Bickmore, who lost her husband Greg Lange to brain cancer in 2010, he had already outlived his life expectancy.

‘At some point it will get me but I’m still fighting. Still kicking on. Looking up my diagnosis and my tumour, the average life expectancy was three years,’ he admitted.

‘And for me it’s now been five years. I’m already winning. My goal now is to try and help as many people as I can and also live a happy life.’

Johnny has often spoken of the support Tahnee has given him since his diagnosis, once crediting her with 'saving' his life. The pair first met at a dance studio in 2015

Johnny has often spoken of the support Tahnee has given him since his diagnosis, once crediting her with ‘saving’ his life. The pair first met at a dance studio in 2015 

Despite his battles, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant was more concerned about how his girlfriend Tahnee would cope after his passing.

‘You can only imagine how difficult it’s been for her,’ he told Carrie.

‘What plays in my head a lot is, I hate to say this, how hard it may be for her if something does happen to me.

The actor and singer, 34, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2017, and revealed during an interview with The Project on Monday his prognosis was terminal. (Right: Carrie Bickmore)

The actor and singer, 34, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2017, and revealed during an interview with The Project on Monday his prognosis was terminal. (Right: Carrie Bickmore) 

‘So it’s something that I don’t want to think about. It just gets me a little bit emotional about it because I know at some point something will happen, whether it’s, you know, a month from now or 10 years from now or 20 years.’

Johnny has often spoken of the support Tahnee has given him since his diagnosis, once crediting her with ‘saving’ his life.

The pair first met at a dance studio in 2015, and have been together ever since.

'At some point it will get me but I'm still fighting. Still kicking on. Looking up my diagnosis and my tumour, the average life expectancy was three years,' he admitted

‘At some point it will get me but I’m still fighting. Still kicking on. Looking up my diagnosis and my tumour, the average life expectancy was three years,’ he admitted 

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