BARBARA Windsor lives “happy and comfortable” in a retirement home – despite her husband’s guilt, her boyfriend Christopher Biggins says.
The 82-year-old Alzheimer’s disease worsened during lockdown and is now in a full-time nursing home, following advice from her neurologist.
But the decision has left Scott – her 20-year-old husband = heartbroken and he admits to bursting into tears every day.
Speaking of the EastEnders legend moving into a retirement home, actor Christopher said, “It’s such a difficult situation and Scott has behaved impeccably.
“I don’t know how he did it. He deserves the highest honor anyone can give to anyone, along with all caregivers.
“The decision that I know was not an easy one but I think he made the right decision for everyone involved.
“It’s just tragic. But we must look to the future and the comfort of Barbara. I have heard that she is very comfortable and happy. ”
Christopher last saw his friend Babs having tea before the lockdown.
He said she still remembered him and that they had “such laughter”.
He is now planning his first visit to Barbara’s care home in London.
Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, and in 2018 Scott made the difficult decision to go public with the news so Barbara could go out without people being confused by erratic behavior.
His confusion has grown steadily since last year and escalated again in lockdown.
Scott, 57, visited several nursing homes before finding the place that “just felt right”.
“I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster,” he told The Sun in an exclusive interview.
“I walk around trying to keep busy, then I burst into tears. It looks like mourning.
“It has always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she would be like, ‘Why would he do this to me?’
“This fear has become a reality. This is something I never wanted.
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Scott, 57, has since been actively involved not only in raising vital funds for dementia research but also in raising awareness of the disease which affects around 850,000 people in the UK and takes a heavy toll on their loved ones .
Barbara – famous for her role as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders – first met Scott 27 years ago before getting married in 2000.
- SCOTT was not paid for this interview. He asked for a donation from Alzheimer’s Research UK.
- The Alzheimer Society is there for anyone affected. The Dementia Connect helpline can be found on 0333 150 3456.
- The Talking Point online community can be found at alzheimers.org.uk.