Sir Bruce Forsyth’s widow, Wilnelia Merced, has had an “emotional” first Christmas without her late husband, with the former actress missing Bruce’s quirky habits, it has been reported.
Wilnelia, 60, found the TV star’s “idiosyncrasies”, such as non-stop whistling and placing blueberries in a smiley face shape on his porridge every morning, “endearing” and feels “empty” without them.
Speaking to the Daily Express, a source explained: “[Wilnelia] has been devastated since Bruce passed away. One of the things she is starting to miss most is his many daily idiosyncrasies and rituals.
“Whereas some wives may find their husband’s habits annoying, Wilnelia was an angel to Bruce and found them endearing.
“She’s starting to miss those things like mad.”
The insider added: “She is feeling really empty now she doesn’t have to do little things he liked. This was her first Christmas without Bruce, which is making things even harder and more emotional.”
Bruce passed away on 18 August this year at the age of 89, the star had been unwell for some time and was hospitalised earlier this year with a severe chest infection.
Bruce is set to be honoured with a special variety show early next year, with the BBC remembering him with performances of his favourite songs, dance routines, and onstage tributes from the entertainer’s nearest and dearest.
It will be filmed at the London Palladium on Wednesday 21 February – just one day before what would have been Bruce’s 90th birthday.