Louise Minchin speaks out about husband's cancer battle

Louise Minchin revealed that her husband, David, battled cancer at 28 after coming second on TV show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars

Louise Minchin shares husband's cancer battle on game show
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Louise Minchin referenced her husband's battle with cancer on Sunday evening's episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars. 

The former BBC Breakfast appeared on the ITV quiz show last night alongside Michelle Ackerley and Josh Widdicombe to compete for cash prizes for their different chosen charities. 

Louise was the second to be eliminated from the game after she answered several questions from the iconic machine incorrectly. With Michelle already out, comedian Josh ended up being crowned the champion. 

Despite failing to win the coveted top prize of £20,000, Louise didn't leave the set empty-handed. The 53-year-old walked away with £2,600 for her charity, Move, which aims to help people with cancer continue to work out and enjoy physical activity. 

Speaking to host Ben Shepherd after her defeat, the former I'm a Celebrity 2021 star shared her poignant reasons for choosing the organisation. 

"You’ve already heard I’m a bit passionate about exercise," she said. "This charity is called Move and it works with people who are suffering with cancer or affected by cancer to get them moving.

“My husband had cancer when he was 28 so he would have very much benefited from a charity like this. That's where the money is going." 

The award-winning broadcaster also shared her excitement for the game show appearance before the episode aired, calling the experience 'great fun' on Twitter. 

Louise, whose stalker was jailed last December, has been married to her husband David since 1998. She spoke publicly about the British restaurateur's diagnosis for the first time in 2016, in a tweet about cancer awareness. 

"All this week we are shining #alightoncancer. Thankfully my husband is a survivor. Tell us your experiences and questions?" 

The couple share two children, Mia and Scarlett, and live in Chester with their two Labradors, Ruby and Waffle. Louise's eldest daughter revealed she was left ‘terrified’ and ‘shaking’ by her family's stalker, Carl Davies, in an ITV documentary last month. The university student has suffered long term emotional effects from the ordeal, admitting that she routinely changes her behavior to alleviate her anxiety over being followed or attacked. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.