Love Island star Chris Hughes has shared fresh concerns about his fertility amid plans to start a family with girlfriend Annabel Dimmock.
Chris and his brother, Ben, released a documentary back in 2020 called Me, My Brother and Our, Balls which explored male fertility issues.
Ex-Islander Chris appeared in a This Morning segment which saw him undergo a testicular examination live on TV in 2018, with the aim of encouraging men to check themselves regularly.
Feeling inspired by his brother, Ben did a self-check at home and found a lump which led to a diagnosis of testicular cancer in 2019.
Following his brother’s health news, Chris has expressed fears he could experience the same issues.
Chris toldThe Sun: "I do worry, now that I obviously have a girlfriend and I see a future with her, I do sometimes sit there and think.
"In your own head you think, mine could turn out like my brother’s and just pack up.
"You just don’t know what’s going on inside your body, that’s why it is so important to be proactive in terms of how you look after yourself and prioritising your own health.
"I do think about it from time to time. It is always good to keep yourself checked out. But hopefully I should be all to good come that point."
During Chris and Ben’s documentary, Ben learnt that he wasn’t properly producing sperm as a result of his cancer, meaning he may struggle to have children naturally.
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Despite this, Chris, 28, said his brother is still determined to have kids.
He explained: "My brother is good, I feel like we should do a follow up [to the documentary], it was kind of left on what will happen next.
"He is still trying really hard to have a child, he has gone through so many procedures with his fertility.”
"It was a mad shock and revelation during the documentary,” Chris continued.
"He is still trying and is cancer free which is good. So they sorted that out.
"He is happy and is desperate to have a child, so is taking tablets to increase testosterone, seeing specialists and trying everything. It’s just a waiting game at the moment."
Discussing his relationship with Annabel, Chris said he “couldn’t be happier”, and branded Annabel, 25, as “the one”.
“We have so much in common and we are moving at the same time,” said Chris.
"Our relationship and morals and I think that is so important these days in relationships. It’s so important that you’re both on a level playing field and the same headspace.
"It’s going so well and I couldn’t be happier."
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