Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell has revealed that the EastEnders star forgot who he was, due to her advancing Alzheimer’s Disease.
The couple have been married for 18 years, and has been caring for her since her diagnosis in 2014.
He told Loose Women: “It happened the other week, I helped her out of the bath and she looked at me and said, ‘I don’t know who you are.’”
55-year-old Mitchell, who rarely speaks to the press, was doing so to help promote the charity Dementia Revolution.
He also spoke of the difficulties in caring for someone with dementia.
“Obviously, the thing I think that most people who have a loved one with this illness will get is the testing, challenging thing of the repetitive nature of it,” he said.
“For instance, when you’re sitting there of an evening and maybe the same question comes at you, however many times, let’s say eight to 20 times in one evening, sometimes it’s hard to keep that calmness in your voice, to not show that you’re slightly irritated.
“As much as you love someone, you’re human and you get to that point where you yourself may have had a day – I’ve got my own work to do, I’m thinking about Barbara – occasionally I show it.
“And I’m always mortified afterwards if I show it. I said to [Loose Women panellist] Jane [Moore] in the interview, she won’t remember what I’ve said, but she’ll remember how I’ve made her feel.”
It was recently revealed that the 81-year-old former Carry On star had undergone surgery to have a pacemaker fitted, following complications with her medication.