Jermaine Pennant beamed with his bikini-clad girlfriend Jess Impiazzi as he shared a stunning snap while praising his loved-one amid her fertility struggles.
The former Nottingham football star, 40, took to his Instagram account on Monday to give his 340,000 followers a glimpse of his romantic getaway with his loved one, 34.
‘Cheeky getaway as @jess_impiazzi deserves it with the battles she faces on daily basis but always putting on a brave face we got this ❤️ ps absolutely zero phone signal in sight not even a 1 bar of 3G,’ he penned his latest post.
In the selfie, the couple were seen relaxing inside a hot tub as Jess flaunted her slender physique in a skin-print bikini.
The actress looked gorgeous as she tied her curly locks in an up-do and wore a golden necklace.
Loved-up: Jermaine Pennant, 40, beamed with his bikini-clad girlfriend Jess Impiazzi, 34, as he shared a stunning snap on Monday, while praising his loved-one amid her fertility struggles
Strong: Jess put on a brave face, after she has been fighting multiple health battles among which a heartbreaking failed IVF therapy, and was also diagnosed with Lupus earlier last week (pictured in May)
The lovebirds looked carefree while enjoying some time off away from the city.
Jess put on a brave face after she has been fighting multiple health battles among which a heartbreaking failed IVF therapy, and was also diagnosed with Lupus earlier last week.
The Ex On The Beach star took to her Instagram stories on Monday to give fans a health update, as she wrote: ‘Feeling a little rough today! Lupus really is so unpredictable!
‘I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who messaged me yesterday and gave tips and advise and told me their experience with lupus and interaction really helps to feel less alone.’
But it appears the actress and her beloved footballer beau managed to find some well-deserved time to recharge, as Jess shared a clip from their getaway.
In the Instagram story, she captured Jermaine as he lay down on a sofa and showed a glimpse of the lavish inside, showing a stunning fire display.
‘Having a night to relax and recharge,’ the star penned her clip, as she tagged Jermaine.
On Tuesday, Jess shared a question box on her stories and captioned: ‘Hi everyone! Thanks for the comments and DM’s from those who also have Lupus… I have a question, I’ve been on Hydroxychloroquine for about a week now alongside a lower steroid dose… does anyone have side effects from this?
‘And do you have any advice? I’m not feeling great and wondered if that’s side effects of new meds,’ she finished.
On Sunday, the Dangerous Game actress revealed that she was coughing up blood and feared she was dying before medical tests determined that she has the chronic autoimmune condition.
Jess shared the news to Instagram, and explained how she experienced debilitating stomach issues, muscle spasms, swelling joints which left her unable to move, extreme fatigue, worsening eyesight and a rash all over her face, chest and arms.
After three trips to A&E in July, and ‘many, many’ tests, the actress was finally told by doctors that she suffers with Lupus and is now on steroids ‘to get it under control’.
Getaway: In the Instagram story, she captured Jermaine as he lay down on a spacious sofa and showed a glimpse of the lavish inside, showing a stunning fire display
Speaking out: The Ex On The Beach star took to her Instagram stories on Monday to give fans a health update
Condition: On Tuesday, Jess shared a question box on her stories as she reached out to her followers for some advice
Jess has explained how she believes the boob job she had in December, to replace a ruptured breast implant, is what has caused the serious decline in her health.
Sharing the update with her fans, Jess shared photographs of her rash-covered face and explained what she’d been going through.
She penned: ‘A lot has been going on here since the start of the year!… I don’t know where to begin!
Obviously I was very open with the IVF journey and the process, but during that time and pretty much since early January I had been getting sicker and sicker, this was with inflammation, stomach issues that were debilitating.
‘As the months rolled on I’d have muscle spasms, my joints would swell and I’d be unable to move my entire body, my eyesight got worse, the fatigue was something and is still something I’ve never experienced before.
‘From being in the gym nearly everyday and running 5k’s this has just been horrid. Then I got rashes all over my chest arms and face (I’ve learnt how to cover them well with make up, but without it it’s horrible down my nose and my whole forehead)
‘In July I had three trips to A&E from the pain, I just knew I was getting worse and I was really struggling! Mentally it’s taken a toll, if the IVF and that failing wasn’t hard enough this was topping it off!
‘After many, many tests and lots of blood taken I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease called Lupus.
‘I am currently on steroids to get this under control and then see what the future holds medication wise but having a diagnosis helps as I can now work with the doctors to get myself living again and do whatever it takes to keep my body in the best working condition!
‘I’ve had amazing friends and family supporting me! (You know who you are!) I’m looking in to something’s as to why it’s happened and what may have caused it although it’s hard for doctors to establish that, however I did have an operation late December last year that I feel may be linked. (I’ll talk about this in detail once I know more)
‘If anyone has autoimmune issues especially lupus please reach out and let me know ways that may have helped you!
‘Anyways… that’s what’s been going on lately and have felt a little bit lost but I’m finding my feet again! I’ll bounce back with tweaks and get the show back on the road! peace and love to everyone.’
Speaking to The Sun, Jess explained how her crippling symptoms started in January, one month after she had her breast implants replaced because one ruptured.
She said: ‘One day I started coughing up blood, which was incredibly scary… I know there is a lot of controversy around breast implant illness but I was healthy before this rupture.
‘I had the new ones put in and my health has been dropping until every bodily function has been attacked by my own system. The one thing that’s changed is my breasts.
‘My consultant said that there is a link between silicone and autoimmune diseases. Why else would my body start attacking itself?’
Candid: Jess explained how she experienced debilitating stomach issues, muscle spasms, swelling joints which left her unable to move and a rash all over her face, chest and arms
Jess also told the publication that she now set a date to have her breast implants removed, and said: ‘I’m not prepared for any more of my body to go down. Living like this is not a life. It’s hard.’
Earlier in July, the Ex On The Beach sensation got candid about her heartbreak over IVF failing.
She penned on Instagram: ‘Social media can trick us easily in to thinking we’ve all got it together! So just wanted to do a real update! The whole IVF failure and other health issues I’m dealing with Atm have made it very difficult to keep out the stress.
‘I’ve done the best I can, I’ve meditated I did practically every spiritual practice I could during that time but I believe I over did it because I was on fight mode, trying to push through the pain of what was going on with my fertility and the emotional, physical and monetary stress that comes with fertility issues and IVF.
‘I’ve taken a step back to rebuild myself and take my foot off the gas for a bit. In doing so I’ve come up in rashes over my body (swipe along) The stress has to come out of us somehow!
‘Sometimes sickness is our Guide! I’ve been reading @gabormatemd #themythofnormal and sometimes our sickness is our body giving us signals to make some changes and it can be our teacher and guide to make those changes!’
Jess ended the lengthy post by saying: ‘Life isn’t going to be easy, that’s a fact, but if we tune into ourselves instead of using all these crazy distractions to tune out.
‘We might just figure it all out a bit better! I’m feeling much more relaxed and focused on looking after myself again! so look after yourself everyone and sending lots of love.’
It comes after Jess revealed she had her eggs collected as she shared an IVF update with her fans in May.
Sharing a photo from her hospital bed, Jess detailed the egg collection procedure and said she was ‘praying’ her eggs were good.
She wrote: ‘IVF update: Hey everyone – thank you to all who have messaged me yesterday regarding egg collection. I just wanted to do a little update.
‘Firstly I know this is not an easy journey, but since I spoke up about it I was actually shocked how many people are going through this or have been through this, I thank each and everyone of you for reaching out and sharing your story, it helps more than you know to have a community.
‘As many will know who’ve followed this from the start, I was diagnosed with low ovarian reserve earlier this year and that will mean I’ll hit an early menopause.
‘My AMH (anti-müllerian hormone) level was 0.5 with is exceptionally low especially at my age of 34. I honestly felt like my world had been pulled from under me, I saw a family and little ‘me’s’ in my future but that felt like it was suddenly not so certain.
‘Anyways, to let you know where we are at… they managed to get 2 eggs yesterday from my follicles and with my AMH level I believe that’s good (obviously someone without my condition would have an abundance more).
‘But all you need is 1 good one so praying today that’s what they find out!’
Jess admitted she has found the IVF process to be emotionally draining as she waits to find out the results of the egg collection.
She said: ‘The egg collection wasn’t as scary as I had made out in my head, I was put to sleep and then woke up half an hour later back in my room.
‘I know the process is emotionally and physically draining for so many of us, and I know I’ve got a fair way to go yet, it’s hard to stay stress free when you’re wondering if those eggs are good enough because if they’re not, you have to start the whole thing again!
‘It’s very draining and exhausting but everyone going through this, you are warriors!
‘The next step for where I am at now is to wait and find out today if my eggs are good! So I’m going to go ahead with positive thoughts into the rest of the day ✨’.
Jess admitted last month that she was left devastated and cried for three days after being told that she has a ‘slim’ chance of having children.
She explained her symptoms were initially dismissed as stress three years ago, before she was privately diagnosed with premature menopause.
The menopause occurs between the ages of 44 and 55 when a woman stops having periods and can no longer fall pregnant naturally but 1 in 100 women can experience it before the age of 40.
Speaking about her devastating diagnosis, Jess said she still hopes to have children with Jermaine, 40, and that they are attempting to start a family through IVF.
She told The Sun : ‘I have always wanted to have a family so to be told the chances of having my own children are slim is heartbreaking.
‘We had talked about kids but we haven’t even been together for two years and assumed we had more time.’
Jess went on to reference their ‘tough times’, which saw Jermaine diagnosed with ADHD just before Christmas while he was also declared bankrupt at the start of this year.
Jess admitted they hadn’t planned to have a relationship this early in their relationship, but Jermaine insisted he plans to stand by his partner and support her.
The former footballer, who started dating Jess in September 2021, said: ‘I understand how much she wants to have a family, time is of the essence so all I can do is be her support and do whatever I can to make the journey possible.’
Speaking about her diagnosis, Jess admitted she felt ‘let down’ by GPs after they put her symptoms down to stress in multiple appointments over three years.
Health: The former Ex On The Beach star recently told how she has begun IVF after being told she is going through early menopause
Jess explained that she began missing periods, suffered irregular heavy bleeding, experienced fatigue, brain fog and anxiety at the age of 30.
She said she would have been able to have her eggs frozen if she’d known earlier, sharing her upset about the choice being ‘taken away’ from her.
After going to a private clinic specialising in fertility and hormonal problems, Jess said she was diagnosed with endometriosis on her bowels and primary ovarian insufficiency, which often leads to infertility.
Jess, who was previously married to rugby player Denny Solomona, and Jermaine started dating in November 2021.
WHAT IS LUPUS?
What is lupus?
It is one of the chronic autoimmune conditions, where the body makes antibodies against itself and starts to attack it. Lupus – Systemic Lupus Erythematotsus (SLE) – has a range of severity. Some sufferers will have only mild problems, others have life-threatening organ damage to the heart and the kidneys.
What are the symptoms?
Tiredness, joint pains and muscle aches. A common first symptom is joint stiffness, particularly in the mornings. Skin and hair problems are a major feature of SLE – a rash in the shape of a butterfly over the cheeks and nose is common, as is hair loss and sensitivity to the sun. Other problems include depression and lung and heart disease, as well as kidney inflammation.
What can it be mistaken for?
It is often mistaken for other joint problems such as rheumatoid arthritis which is also characterised by morning joint stiffness. It can also be misdiagnosed as a skin or blood disease.
How is it diagnosed?
If your GP suspects SLE they will request a blood test. The specific antibodies that attack the body can be measured in the blood. The diagnosis is made when there is the combination of typical symptoms and high antibodies.
Who is at risk?
SLE is ten times more common in women than men and usually develops between the ages 12 and 25.
What is the treatment?
Controlling the symptoms, as there is no cure, using anti-inflammatories and steroid tablets in more severe cases.