Dame Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Scott explained, recalling the conversation with her doctor when they found out.
“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 told The Sun.
“I squeezed her hand and said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be okay.’”
Scott, 55, said he had gone public with 80-year-old Barbara’s diagnosis in an unpaid interview in order to support families going through similar struggles.
“I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease,” he told the publication.
The Carry On star’s condition is the most common cause of dementia.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder which damages and destroys brain cells, leading to memory loss and changes in brain function.
Scott, who married the iconic EastEnders star 18 years ago, said Barbara had been diagnosed four years ago but that the condition had worsened since her birthday last August.
“Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in,” he said.
“So it’s becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide.
“I didn’t want someone else to dictate how or when the diagnosis came out, so that’s why I’m speaking about it now.”
Scott also said he believes Barbara “feels a kind of shame” about her diagnosis, adding: “There’s a vulnerability there and I keep telling her, ‘Bar, no one will think you’re silly for having this.’
“I explain that if someone has cancer, no one looks at them and thinks, ‘How ridiculous,’” he continued. “We sympathise and it’s the same with this.”
Leading celebrities speaking out in support of the star, the 53-year-old Good Morning Britain host wrote to his six million Twitter followers: “Sending my love and support to the fabulous Dame Barbara Windsor, one of my favourite people.
“Alzheimer’s is a horrible thing. She and Scott going public about it like this is a typically gusty decision by one of the gutsiest ladies I know.
“We’re all rooting for you, Babs!” he added, alongside a picture of the pair together during her appearance on Life Stories back in 2010.
Lorraine Kelly, 58, also told her 111,000 followers: “Such sad news about Barbara Windsor — a funny, kind, generous, big-hearted woman.
“Alzheimer’s is a very cruel disease. I hope she knows how much she is loved. Thoughts with her husband Scott.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says: “We were saddened to hear that Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease – but we applaud her husband Scott’s decision to speak out about her condition.
“Stigma around dementia still exists, and many people are facing it in the shadows. ‘Babs’, a true cultural icon, is much loved, and speaking out about her experiences will no doubt shine as a beacon for others wanting to live well with dementia.
“We are here to support people like Barbara and want to reach everyone with a dementia concern or diagnosis. We would urge anyone concerned about dementia, or supporting a loved one with the condition, to contact us.”
Anyone who would like more information, or is worried about dementia, should look up alzheimers.org.uk or call our helpline on 0300 222 1122.
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