Chris Hughes has had his sperm frozen.

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

The 'Love Island' hunk went through the process of preserving his fertility - which allows men to try for a baby at a later date - a few years back after he underwent four major operations on his testicles following a health scare in his teens.

Speaking on 'Loose Women' on Thursday (03.05.18), he said: "I was 14. It was a build up of veins and it came from my kidneys and it was on my left testicle. I noticed it at 14 but I'm not a nervous person, I don't get shy, so for me looking back it's surprising it I didn't just go to a GP at that age. But when you think about it, those guys - the GPs - they see absolutely everything but you don't think like that at 14.

"I was probably 20 when I got it looked at. I did leave it quite a few years. What they did, firstly, I had a hydrocele on the right testicle as well so I had something wrong with both of them. The hydrocele was an easy operation - they turn it inside out which took all the pressure of the fluid away.

"But the left one had a cluster of veins around it and those veins obviously use oxygen and they take that from the testicles so precautionary, I had my sperm frozen.

"But it took three operations to get that sorted. It started with keyhole and that didn't work. Then they cut into my ribs and coiled the veins from my kidney but that didn't work so then they just cut straight through the pubic region and then coiled them."

However, although the doctors couldn't tell him for certain whether he would have any long-term fertility problems, the 25-year-old heartthrob decided to have the freezing done because his brother is "completely infertile" and has struggled to have children.

He explained: "My brother had his sperm frozen and he is now completely infertile but he had a miracle child so, for him, he never thought he'd be able to have one and then he had one and they tried for a second and spent thousands of pounds going private and stuff and unfortunately it didn't work.

"My cousin had testicular cancer so we are a family with problems in that region so I would definitely encourage people be precautionary."