Billy Connolly On How Parkison’s Disease Made Him Dependent: "It Feels As If Everything Is Being Taken Away From You"

November 22, 2019

Parkinson’s is taking quite a toll on Billy Connolly’s marriage as he can’t sleep in the same room with his wife.

Billy Connolly’s career and life

Billy is well-known for his remarkable talent in the world of entertainment. The Scottish star is a stand-up comedian, musician, presenter, actor, and artist.

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He is one of the few celebrities that has managed to cut across all spheres of the industry. Connolly has starred in big movies like ‘Pocahontas,’ ‘The Last Samurai,’ and many more.

Away from the screens, Connolly hasn’t had quite the success with his relationship. He was married to Iris Pressagh from 1969 to 1985.

Luckily, he found love again in the arms of psychologist Pamela Stephenson. Billy and Pamela have been together for more than 30 years, and she has been with him through thick and thin, especially after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013.

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The stand-up comedian revealed that his wife has been his rock through his health challenge. While speaking to Daily Mail about it, he said:

“It’s kind of drawn us together. I’m really dependent on her, you know physically, whereas I used to be the strong guy.”

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Billy can no longer sleep in the same bed with his wife

During an interview with Mirror Online, he got candid about his struggle with Parkinson’s disease and how it has affected his marriage.

“I sleep like a wild animal. Laughing and singing or having fights. Pamela has to sleep in another bed.”

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Nevertheless, Connolly credits Pamela for remaining his rock and plumping his pillows every night. The ‘Indecent Proposal’ star also disclosed that he has some bad and good days.

“It feels as if everything is being taken away from you, and you watch it go.”

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What is Parkinson’s disease?

It is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects the motor system. The cause of this disorder hasn’t been determined.

However, it is believed that a combination of genetic and environmental factor plays a role.

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Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s. Nevertheless, medications, surgery, and physical treatment can help manage it effectively.

It must be a hard time for Billy and Pamela. Hopefully, their love helps them travail.

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