Billy Connolly discusses Parkinson’s and cancer diagnoses
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Sir Billy Connolly, 78, has admitted that his other half Pamela Stephenson, 71, tends to “analyse” his behaviour due to her background in psychology. Multi-talented Pamela is a writer, psychologist, and performer, but legendary comedian Billy has admitted her career as a shrink can have its downsides in their marriage.
When quizzed on what it’s like to be married to a psychologist, Billy divulged: “It’s weird when you’re being read all the time.
“I don’t consciously conceal anything. I just put the brakes on.”
The artist, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, insisted that despite his move to “put the breaks on”, there is no point in him trying to conceal anything from his wife due to her skills.
He divulged: “She’s got a terrible habit of analysing anything you do.”
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Detailing how Pamela’s tendency to analyse him takes place at their home, Sir Billy said she often calls him out for not cleaning up his dirty plates.
Conjuring up a scenario of how she would react to him leaving a plate in the sink, the star said: “‘Why did you do that? Do you think that’s my job?’ She doesn’t leave you a leg to stand on.
“She just analyses you. And eventually you own up that you should have done it.”
Fortunately, Billy explained that Pamela’s habit is good for him because it prevents him from turning into a “slob”.
He added to The Sunday Times in an interview from December last year: “And it’s good for me, because left to my own devices I’m a slob.”
Billy went on to share the secret to a happy marriage: “Do as you’re told.”
The star recently retired from stand-up comedy after he revealed he was being treated for Parkinson’s disease back in 2013.
The condition causes parts of the brain to become progressively damaged over the years, and one of the most notable symptoms is involuntary sharking of particular parts of the body.
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Billy previously said the condition causes him to suffer from disturbed nights.
He said to The Mirror: “I sleep like a wild animal. Laughing and singing or having fights.
“Pamela has to sleep in another bed.”
The star also admitted he is concerned he has “become a pain in the a**e”, but credited his wife of 30 years for plumping his pillows for him every night.
He added: “So far, she has never tutted. And she’s a rather attractive nurse.”
Sir Billy went on to explain his decision to quit his comedy career.
He revealed while addressing his health struggles: “Since the Parkinson’s I’m still the same in many ways, but I don’t think as sharply as I need to to be a stand-up.
“I’ve done 50 years and that’s plenty. Quitting is the right thing to do.
“I don’t miss it. I won’t miss the panic before going on. It’s terrifying, like walking the plank.
“My nerves got worse as the years went by. I used to meditate for 20 minutes to calm myself down – except sometimes I’d turn up too late to meditate and would just have to rush straight on.”
Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.
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