Johnny Ruffo's manager has opened up about his “scary and frightening” brain cancer diagnosis.
On Thursday, the former Home And Away star shared the gut wrenching news that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer.
“So I have the news,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.”
He added: “Please stay positive for me and I’ll try to update you guys on my progress.”
Speaking to YahooBe, his manager Claire McLennan said he is with his mother and his girlfriend, Tahnee Sims, as he prepares to begin treatment.
“Johnny's with his family at the moment,” she said. “He's gotten so much support from everyone and it's just been lovely - there are still good people in this world.”
She added: “It's scary and frightening this one. Especially for anyone going through this.”
Claire also said the actor is trying to “keep positive” in what she’s described as an “awful situation.”
Family, friends and fans alike have since taken to social media to wish the 29-year-old star well.
Taking to Instagram, Carrie Bickmore, wrote: “Devastating news for Johnny Ruffo. Thinking of you mate during this scary time.”
The Project co-host, who lost her husband Greg Lange to brain cancer in 2010, shared her message of love and support alongside a confronting photo of the 2011 X-Factor finalist, which showed a dramatic post-surgery scar -- bruised and swollen -- running across the top of his forehead.
Australian singer-songwriter and fellow X-Factor Australia star, Taylor Henderson, also reached out.
"I can't believe what I'm reading mate," he commented on the Instagram post which announced the actor’s battle with brain cancer. "It's just not sinking in. We're all here for you Johnny and without a doubt... we're all praying for you. Look after yourself big fella!"
"So much love to you. Stay Strong," said friend and X-Factor judge, Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
The Footy Show host, Beau Ryan also sent his love to the battling musician: "Sending love brother."
Other stars to share words of encouragement with Johnny include Therese Kerr, fellow Home and Away stars Jackson Heywood and Jake Speer along with Survivor's El Rowland.
"Sending you so much love and healing energy, gorgeous soul," Therese Kerr's comment read.
"Sending you lots of love mate. You need anything at all, anytime, you give me a call! Stay strong mate," commented Jake Speer.
We continue to wish Johnny and his family and friends all the very best.