Sadly, his cancer returned and the X Factor star revealed it was terminal in August this year. He has been determined to take a positive attitude towards his situation, and his latest Instagram post has been applauded by his Summer Bay family.
The snap shows Johnny receiving chemotherapy in a hospital while giving the camera a thumbs-up.
“Another year of chemotherapy done, it wasn’t easy but I made it through. Can’t wait to have a few weeks break over Christmas and spend some well-earned time with my family, #f**kcancer, ” he wrote in the caption.
The star is planning on spending Christmas in Perth with family and his girlfriend Tahnee Sims. His brother Michael, who Johnny considers his ‘hero’, is also travelling to Australia from Ireland.
“I haven’t seen my brother in three years. My brother is my absolute hero, I love him to bits,” Johnny told Yahoo Lifestyle. “We’ll spend Christmas together. I can’t wait.”
An array of his former Summer Bay costars sent their love and best wishes for the star.
“Hello darling. Stay well and see you soon,” Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts) wrote.
“Good on you mate. Lots of love to you and your family this Christmas,” added Georgie Parker (Roo Stewart).
“Well done!!! I hope you have a great Christmas,” commented Ada Nicodemou (Leah Patterson).
“Well done for getting through this year!!!!! I hope you have a beautiful time with your fam over Christmas xxxx,” Sarah Roberts (Willow Harris) chimed in.
Johnny hints at a possible return
This comes after Johnny revealed exclusively to Yahoo Lifestyle that he wants to come back to Home and Away.
The fan-favourite played Chris Harrington on the soap from 2013 to 2016 and ended up winning a Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent in 2014.
He famously developed an onscreen and offscreen relationship with comedy partner Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts), who he still considers a close friend today.
“I’d love to go back on Home and Away [and] spend some more time with Irene. We had a great relationship on [the show] and we still have a great relationship out of Home and Away, Lynne and I,” he told us.
As for how he would like his character to make a cameo back on the show, he wants to ‘just show up’ at the Pier Diner.
“Just waltz in, like not tell anyone, just waltz on in and order a coffee. And Lynne — I mean Irene — would be like… Chris!” he laughed.
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