BARBARA Windsor is "happy and comfortable" living in a care home – despite her husband's guilt, says her pal Christopher Biggins.
The 82-year-old's Alzheimer's worsened in lockdown and is now in a full-time, residential care home following advice from her neurologist.
But the decision has left Scott – her husband of 20 years = heartbroken and he admits breaking down in tears daily.
Speaking about the EastEnders legend moving into a care home, actor Christopher said: “It is such a difficult situation and Scott has behaved impeccably.
“I don’t know how he has done it. He deserves the highest accolade that anybody can give anybody, together with all carers.
“The decision I know wasn’t easy but I think he has made the right decision for everybody concerned.
"It is just tragic. But you have to look to the future and to Barbara’s comfort. I hear she is very comfortable and happy.”
Christopher last saw his close pal Babs for tea before lockdown.
He said she always remembers him and they had "such a laugh".
He's now planning his first visit to Barbara's London care home.
Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago and, in 2018, Scott took the difficult decision to go public with the news so Barbara could go out without people being puzzled by any erratic behaviour.
Her confusion has been getting steadily worse since last year and escalated again in lockdown.
Scott, 57, visited several care home before finding the place that “just felt right”.
“I feel I’m on an emotional rollercoaster," he told The Sun in an exclsuive interview.
"I walk around, trying to keep busy, then burst in to tears. It feels like a bereavement.
"It’s always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she’d be thinking, ‘Why would he do this to me?’
“That fear has become a reality. It’s something I never wanted.”
Scott, 57, has since been actively involved in not only raising vital funds for research in to dementia, 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 – most famous for her role as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders – first met Scott 27 years ago before they married in 2000.
- SCOTT was not paid for this interview. He asked for a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
- Alzheimer’s Society is there for anyone affected. The Dementia Connect Support Line is on 0333 150 3456.
- The online community Talking Point is at alzheimers.org.uk.
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