Sad news from actor and singer Johnny Ruffo, who was diagnosed this week with brain cancer, and is going into a series of aggressive treatments.

“I’ve got an interesting journey ahead and a bit of a battle”, Johnny told his fans on Instagram in an emotional update.

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Johnny on Home and Away [Photo: Seven Networks]

29-year-old Johnny Ruffo, who was born in Australia, first came to light when he won third place on the Australian version of The X Factor in 2011.

In 2013, Johnny joined popular Australian soap Home and Away, as Chris Harrington. Johnny’s been with the show up until last May.

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On August 10, The Sun reports, Johnny underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his skull, which was noticed after he came in complaining about migraines.

Following the surgery, test results have shown Johnny would need additional, aggressive treatment, to battle a diagnosed brain cancer.

Johnny took to Instagram, where he has more than 220,000 followers, to update his fans and ask them to stay positive.

“It was a bit of a shock and I’ve got an interesting journey ahead and a bit of a battle. I am starting aggressive treatment for the next few months to fight the diagnosis of brain cancer.

Please stay positive for me and ill try to update you guys on my progress 🤞🏼 xx”

Thousands of fans have commented with messages of love and support. We join them in wishing Johnny a speedy recovery.