Dame Barbara Windsor has been
diagnosed with Alzheimer's, her husband has said.
Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Scott
Mitchell said his 80-year-old wife had been given the news in
He said the EastEnders star had been
taking medication to manage her condition but that symptoms had
worsened in recent weeks.
In an interview for the paper Mr
Mitchell said: "Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite
continual confusion has set in, so it's becoming a lot more
difficult for us to hide.
"I'm doing this because I want us to
be able to go out and, if something isn't quite right, it will
be OK because people will now know that she has Alzheimer's and
will accept it for what it is."
"I hope speaking out will help other
families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease.
Secondly, I want the public to know because they are naturally
very drawn to Barbara and she loves talking to them," he added.
Mr Mitchell said his wife was aware
that he was making her diagnosis public.
"She often asks me, 'Do the public
know that I'm not well?' And she asked me again this morning,"
"I said they didn't yet, but we were
going to have to let them know because so many people are
talking now. But if she forgets that she gave me her blessing,
well, I'll just have to deal with that."