Such sad news.
Eastenders actress and national treasure Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with alzheimer.
The news was broken in the early hours of Thursday morning when Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell made it public as she was diagnosed in April 2014 but have keeped it out of the public domain since then.
Now it’s been said that that was the reason why Barbara left Eastenders and her role of playing Peggy Mitchell.
In a statement Scott said to The Sun:
‘Firstly, 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.
‘So rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they’ll know that if her behaviour seems strange, it’s due to Alzheimer’s and accept it for what it is.’
When the doctor told us, she began crying then held it back, stretched her hand out to me and mouthed, ‘I’m so sorry…
He continued to say:
‘I squeezed her hand back and said, “Don’t worry, we’ll be OK”.
‘I can’t protect her any longer. I’m doing this interview – and I would like to make clear that I’m not being paid for it and it’s the only one I’ll be doing – because I know that rumours are circulating in showbusiness circles.
And, 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 don’t want it to come across that she’s sitting there unable to communicate, because she’s not.
Scott then continued to say that Barbara struggled to cope with her diagnosis as he continued to say in the statement:
‘We walked out of the neurologist’s office and it was almost as if she chose to forget what we had just been told.
‘That’s Bar 100 per cent. And I understood because who would want to take that in? Sometimes, denial is easier, isn’t it?
‘It was important to her to keep going through life without people looking at her in any different way. And I respected her wishes on that.’
For it to have come out any earlier would have been detrimental to her wellbeing and her health.’
Since the news was broken Twitter has erupted with comments of love and support from celebrities and fans of the actress.