Paula Deen has dealt with a good number of personal crises over the past few years — but the latest is hitting especially close to home.
The 68-year-old celebrity chef’s beloved ex-husband, Jimmy Deen, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to ‘Radar Online.’
“Jimmy has throat cancer,” a source told the publication.
Paula with her sons, Bobby and Jamie, on ‘The Chew’ in 2012.
Paula and Jimmy, 60, wed in 1965 and had two sons, Jamie, 47, and Bobby, 44, together. The couple later divorced in 1989. Paula married her second husband, tugboat captain Michael Groover, 59, in 2004 and their wedding was featured in a ‘Food Network’ special.
Despite being separated for more than 25 years, Jimmy and Paula remain close today. “They get along really well,” the insider said.
“The good news is [doctors] caught it in time and it’s in Stage 1,” the source told ‘Radar Online,’ adding that Jimmy recently underwent his first round of radiation therapy.