Barbara Windsor’s widower Scott Mitchell says he will ‘never love again’ after the star’s death.
Actress Barbara died in December 2020 at the age of 83 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The couple married in April 2000.
Speaking during Barbara Windsor: A Celebration, hosted by David Walliams with Scott Mitchell at the New Wimbledon Theater on Monday, Scott said: “I was blessed to have met Barbara.
“It shouldn’t have worked on paper but it worked for us and I’m so grateful that she chose me to share her life with because I don’t think I’ll ever find anyone else. “
The 59-year-old actor said he was “privileged” to have formed a loving relationship with the legendary EastEnders star, according to the Daily Star.
It comes after Scott revealed his marriage to the former EastEnders star “wasn’t a closed book” and that she wanted him to “enjoy himself”.
He claimed the pair weren’t in an open relationship, but the late star, who was 27 years his senior, encouraged him to return to London after they’d all partyed – adding that they both “have a similar attitude towards sex.” “ had.
He made the bombastic revelations in excerpts from his new book By Your Side: My Life Loving Barbara Windsor, which was shared with The Sun ahead of its October 13 release.
Scott wrote, “It wasn’t until our second date that Bar had spoken to me at length about her many, many conquests. She said it’s always good to brush away the cobwebs. Our relationship wasn’t open, but it wasn’t a closed book either.
He added that she “didn’t want to stop him from living his life to the fullest since she had,” but their arrangement “was starting to get a little muddled.”
“She’d always said sex was sex and love was love, and she didn’t like double standards, so she kept her reservations to herself and never asked me directly.”
When Barbara could no longer drink, Scott taxied her to their house, claiming she wanted him to “enjoy himself” in the West End.
He wrote, “It wasn’t about dating women, although we both had similar attitudes towards sex, it was about getting some coke.”
In her own memoir, All Of Me: My Extraordinary Life, the Carry On star blames herself for her husband’s historic cocaine addiction.
She had written, “I think I could have stopped Scott’s spiral of self-destruction if one more desire from the wonderful guy I loved hadn’t turned him into a sad, pathetic creature I hardly recognize.”
The national treasure said she was initially unaware that her partner was “onto coke in a big way” and later feared his addiction developed due to the age difference in their relationship.
She continued, “I would look at him and think, ‘I did nothing wrong, and yet I still managed to ruin this man’s life.
‘Scott would see the tears in my eyes and promise to get on the wagon. But it never lasted more than three or four days before he was on the run again.’
Eventually, Scott was treated by renowned therapist Beechy Colclough, under the guidance of Elton John’s manager, John Reid.
Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 and kept her battle with the disease a secret for four years.
After her death, Scott told PA: “She died of Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Barbara ended up dying peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.
“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, smiles and affection for the many years of love, fun, friendship and joy she brought into all of our lives and for the entertainment, that she has brought to so many thousands of others throughout her career.
“Barbara’s last few weeks were typical of her life. Full of humour, drama and fighting spirit to the end.”
Barbara played Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders for more than 20 years.