Who is Deborah James' husband Sebastien Bowen?

DEBORAH James has revealed she has stopped cancer treatment and is now being cared for by a hospice at home.

The Sun's columnist was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and is being supported by her husband Sebastien Bowen and her extended family.

Who is Sebastien Bowen?

Deborah's husband Sebastien Bowen is a London banker.

He works for Pomona Capital, and before that was a Director at MetLife Investments.

It is understood he attended London’s St Paul’s School and got his master's degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Deborah, meanwhile, is a former deputy head teacher turned writer, blogger, podcaster and cancer campaigner.


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After being diagnosed with stage 4 incurable bowel cancer, Deborah started her blog, BowelBabe.

Shortly after her diagnosis, she began writing her column for The Sun Online, Things Cancer Made Me Say – and in the last five years has shared every step, the highs and the lows of her journey.

She also presents the podcast You, Me & the Big C for BBC's Radio 5 Live.

In May 2022 Deborah revealed she stopped her active cancer treatment and is being cared for by a hospice team at her parent's house . In a heartbreaking goodbye message, Deborah said: "My body just can't continue."

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Deborah James’ statement in full as she says ‘nobody knows how long I've got’

You can read Deborah's message in full here.

Deborah is encouraging people to donate to her @bowelbabefund, which can be found at bowelbabe.org.

She said: "Please buy me a drink to see me out this world, by donating the cost to @bowelbabefund which will enable us to raise funds for further life saving research into cancer. To give more Deborah’s more time!"

When did Deborah and Sebastien meet?

It's not known when the couple met, but in September 2021 they celebrated 13 years of marriage.

Taking to Instagram to commemorate their anniversary, Deborah shared a heartwarming video of them dancing together in the South of France.

She wrote: "13 Years of marriage. My Rock.

"It was our wedding anniversary earlier this week. Some days the weight of what that means in an uncertain future can be too much.

"Then it’s the closing of new day. A new day you are grateful to see. A new day you didn’t think you’d feel well in.

"And you dance. As your kids laugh and film. The sun sets, and you realise how wonderful it is to reach another milestone (and you park the sadness).

"And you smile. And you are at one in the moment only. Because for any of us that’s all we ever have anyway.

"And you give thanks to have people in your life that are the very back bone you remain upright on.

"Sebastien – Thank you for holding my hand in the darkness and dancing me back into the light. I love you. Always."

How many children do Deborah and Sebastien have?

The couple have two children together.

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They have a 14-year-old son called Hugo, and a daughter named Eloise, 12.

Deborah hosts her The Good Stuff podcast with her kids.

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