X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke took to her Instagram stories to pay tribute to her boyfriend Angus MacDonald.
The Hull City footballer was diagnosed with bowel cancer last month.
Last September the defender was diagnosed with a blood clot in his calf, leaving him out of the game for 9 months.
“Always by his side. Forever.” she wrote. The photograph shows the couple walking hand in hand whilst on holiday in Dubai.
The footballer broke the news to fans also on Instagram.
“This is not an easy post to write” he began. “But life isn’t always an easy road to navigate. The news broke today from my club that I have been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.”
He shared a statement, alongside a photograph of himself in his Hull City kit.
“After a year on the sidelines and recently getting back into full training, returning to the pitch felt closer than ever, so this news has come as a complete shock and is hard to take and fully process.”
Angus then went on to say how blessed he was to have such good people around him: “However, I’m blessed to have fantastic family and friends and some very good people around me to help me get through this, as well as amazing teammates and staff at the club who have been with me all the way through the past year.”
“I’m getting my head around this new challenge that lies ahead. I will be ready to fight this head-on, and I’m going to do whatever I can to get back to full health and back on that pitch.”
He ended the post advising fans he was going to take some time away from Instagram to take in the news with his friends and loved ones: “I’m going to take a few days away from social media, and get some alone time with my nearest and dearest.”
Alexandra and Angus have been dating since they were spotted at Wimbledon in July this year.
It came just weeks after she split from her ex-fiancé Josh Ginnelly.