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This Morning star Gok Wan admits ‘my heart is shattered’ as he says goodbye to terminally ill friend

Talking about her cancer diagnosis is 'simply too upsetting'

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This Morning stylist Gok Wan shared his grief at having to say goodbye to his terminally ill friend Fanny earlier this month.

Australian Fanny, real name Allison, had been spending time in the UK with her best pal but flew back on February 6.

Gok – who’s on a celebrity version of Wheel of Fortune this weekend (February 24) – shared a picture on his Instagram and said: “My little heart is a tiny bit shattered today. @fanny_mcphee is on her way back to Oz. We’ve had such a magical two months, time we never thought we’d have, so thank you universe for making it happen.”

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This Morning star Gok Wan admits: ‘I’ll miss the laughs’

DJ and author Gok, 49, added: “I know she has to go home to be with her amazing son and family… I’ll miss the laughs and life reckoning. Bon voyage [bleep] face.”

Fanny was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer six years ago and told she had three years to live.

Gok has been documenting their precious time in London on his Instagram and the pair have certainly been enjoying every moment together.

Before she flew back to Australia, Gok shared a snap of the best friends chilling out. He said: “Fanny’s last night in London. Not many words left… I think we’ve said what we need to. Now we can just sit contently – that is the true beauty of friendship.”

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Gok attends the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in 2022 (Credit: Cover Images)

Gok ‘bottles’ their love

The best pals have been spending as much time as they could together while Ali was in the UK.

Over Christmas, Gok told his followers: “I don’t often speak about Ali’s cancer because it’s simply too upsetting. But I know many of you follow her so you are fully aware of how brave she is – you will also know how very poorly she is which means this Christmas is incredibly important.

“Tonight I intend to bottle as much of the joy and love we make so I can sparingly use it next year, the year after and for every year I am lucky enough to celebrate this season.”

Back in Oz and proud of her trip to the UK

On Valentine’s Day, Fanny updated her followers with how she’s been doing since landing back in Oz.

Posting on Instagram, she said: “I’ve just been getting back into the rhythm of life here after 2 glorious months in the U.K…it’s mostly involved, lots of napping, beach walks and avoiding the intense temperatures of the Aussie Summer…slowly getting my energy back and revelling in my beautiful coastal hometown again!”

She then added: “I saw my oncologist last Friday to get a check over…bloods are slightly worse but not dire…was offered a new treatment line…but it only offered a life extension of approx 3 months, side affects like diarrhoea and it would cost approximately $8k every three weeks…lol I politely declined.”

She concluded her post: “It may sound strange I know…but life is great…this morning my big sis and I went for a walk on the beach in the sun…

“So we are all good here…happy with my lot…incredibly proud of myself for taking the opportunity to spend the last 2 months in the U.K…it would have been so easy to stay here and wait for the end…instead I lived and loved and laughed…and that’s the best medicine anyone can have!”

Read more: Gok Wan on his relationship with Holby City’s David Ames: “I love to watch him laugh”

Catch Gok on a celebrity edition of Wheel Of Fortune on Saturday (February 24) at 6pm on ITV.

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