COOKING with the Stars’ Jean-Christophe Novelli has revealed the terrifying moment his son cried tears of blood.
The celebrity chef, who is currently appearing on the hit ITV1 show, has spoken in detail about the horrific ordeal.
Jean-Christophe’s son Valentino was tragically born with stage four cancer and life-long disabilities.
Recalling the deeply painful period, for his family, the star said: “It was very, very difficult, and it’s still very, very difficult.
“It’s very unfair anybody ends up having cancer, but especially when you are six weeks old, it is beyond anything you can believe.
“It was horrific, our helpless little boy, who was so, so small, had red tears coming out. He was literally crying tears of blood.”
He added to The Matt Haycox Show how he and his wife discovered a lump on Valentino’s neck when he was six weeks old, which led to a neuroblastoma diagnosis.
“The chemo treatment took two years, and it was so hard on our family. You really do see what extremes a parent can go to, in a situation like this.,” he said.
“I had to continue to work, and my wife, Michelle devoted her time to caring for Valentino and our other two boys.
“But, continuing my routine was not nice, and I saw my wife changing in front of my eyes.”
After two years in and out of hospital, Jean-Christophe’s son was given the all clear from cancer.
However, during that time the TV chef was dropped from numerous jobs, which he claims is due to his little boy’s illness.
He revealed: “At the height of our baby’s cancer fight, I got dumped by many TV jobs I had agreed to.
“I lost 70% of my jobs, and while I can’t say which ones, I was a mess. I was thinking to myself, ‘am I not performing?’, because chefs are performers as well as cooks.
“So, bang, on top of what my family was going through, I started losing jobs as they thought they wouldn’t get their money’s worth out of me while my child was fighting cancer.
“That really did make life harder still. And, that was completely unexpected.”
Viewers recently watched as Jean-Christophe reached the final of next week’s Cooking with the Stars.