James Jordan heartbroken over dad's terminal cancer diagnosis

Julia Hunt
Contributor
James Jordan entering the Celebrity Big Brother house (PA)

James Jordan has said he has a “totally broken heart” after his dad was diagnosed with a terminal cancerous tumour.

The former Strictly star posted an emotional message on Instagram saying the family had been told they might get a year with his father if they were lucky.

Saying tears were streaming down his face as he wrote the message, Jordan appealed to his followers for any information on top doctors so that he could try and get a second opinion.

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Sharing a sweet video of his dad with Ella, his baby daughter with wife Ola, Jordan wrote: “This video is the most precious & personal thing I have in my life right now & I’m going to share it with you but with a totally broken heart.

“Over the last 4 months my hero and best mate in the whole world has been in and out of hospital with very ill health.

“We were told several times that 100% he had had a stroke and that’s why they were struggling to control his seizures... but after the 3rd time of being admitted to hospital I knew something was not quite right.

“So after pushing for more tests and the results being sent to Kings College Hospital for other surgeons to look at unfortunately the results came back that it wasn’t a stroke after all.”

He went on: “It was what I had dreaded, my dad has a tumour and after having a biopsy it’s come back that it’s an aggressive cancerous one.

“The worst kind unfortunately.

“We have been told that it’s not advisable to operate because of where the tumour is and wouldn’t actually make that much difference even if they could. The end result is, it’s terminal.”

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The dancer, 42, said they had been told that “with chemotherapy and radiotherapy we might be lucky and get a year with him”.

“As I write this tears are streaming down my face as I’m sure many of you have the same love for your parents,” added the star.

“This is honestly the worst time of my life.”

Ola Jordan andJames Jordan performing at BBC Children in Need - An Evening With the Stars at Battersea Evolution in 2012 (Jon Furniss/Invision)

Jordan said he was reaching out to his followers “as I want to get a second opinion on my father, especially because they misdiagnosed him for the first 4 months which doesn’t fill us with confidence”.

“So now myself and my family are actually hoping they are wrong this time,” he said.

“I’m looking to find the best surgeon to see my father as I want to know I’ve done everything possible before I can accept it.

“If anyone that reads this can advise me and my family on who is supposedly the best in this field, I would be eternally grateful.”

“My heart is broken,” he said.

Jordan made his name a as a professional dancer on Strictly and has also appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing On Ice, which he won in 2019.

He and fellow Strictly star Ola welcomed their first child, Ella, earlier this year.