Barbara Windsor and husband ‘defied odds’ as 26-year age gap was laughed at

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    Dame Barbara Windsor's widower Scott Mitchell appeared on Loose Women on Monday where he spoke about his marriage to the late actress.

    Scott, 59, married the former EastEnders star in 2000 and the pair remained married up until Barbara's death in 2020.

    Speaking to Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Jane Moore, Scott spoke fondly of his memories with the iconic actress and explained how they defied the odds in their 27-year relationship.

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    He explained: "We were married for 20 years, against all odds. Let's be honest on paper, when we first met, everyone laughed and said it wouldn't last so we dealt with all that stuff in the beginning."

    Speaking about how the couple dealt with the judgement early in their relationship, Scott explained they found it hard and he often dealt with it by drinking.

    He said: "It was hard. I didn't handle it particularly well in the sense that at the time I used to drink quite heavily and my way of dealing with stuff was to drink and take drugs to numb it all out.

    "It was a very difficult thing. We just wanted to be together but there was this outside force judging us."

    Ruth interjected: "Mainly because of the 26-year age gap?"

    Agreeing with Ruth, Scott went on to say that his mum and his late wife went to dance school together, admitting their relationship wasn't a "normal" thing.

    He added: "But the great thing was, we knew that. Barbara and I accepted that and we didn't kid ourselves about how we were viewed by people.

    Scott went on to say that he was in talks with Boris Johnson while he was still Prime Minister about locking in funds to help fight Dementia, adding that he claimed he would double research funds to £160 million.

    However, he revealed the Dementia task force meeting was cancelled by Liz Truss and voiced hope that the next Prime Minister will think carefully about Dementia and the health service going forward.

    Barbara passed away aged 83 in 2020, with Scott confirming that her cause of death was Alzheimer's disease.

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