Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
The EastEnders actress was actually diagnosed back in 2014, but she wanted to keep the news a secret.
However, the 80-year-old’s husband Scott Mitchell has finally revealed the news as her symptoms have grown worse in recent weeks.
In a heartbreaking interview with The Sun, Scott 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.”
The actress, best known for her role as pub landlord Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, was told about her diagnosis on April 22, 2014, after she underwent a series of mental agility tests, a brain scan and a lumbar puncture.
Barbara’s husband also admitted that he first noticed symptoms in 2009, just before Barbara left EastEnders for the first time, when she started finding it difficult to learn her lines.
By 2016, her condition had worsened, and she agreed to leave EastEnders for the final time.