Chic's Nile Rodgers has opened up to Brendan O'Connor about caring for his mother Beverly, who is suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease, saying "it is really breaking my heart".

The funk musician appears on Friday night's episode of Brendan O'Connor's Time Out, where he tackles a number of subjects head on, including his family, life and career.

The iconic music star tells O'Connor that although his mother's illness is advancing, they still share very special moments.

"Right now my mom is suffering from latter stage Alzheimer's and she's pretty sick but when we're around her she's having the time of her life and we're having the time of our lives and it's just fun", he explains.

"It's almost like the clock gets reset and we're right back to where we were the last time we saw each other."

When O'Connor asks him if he finds it hard to watch his mother, a "vibrant, cool person", disappearing, Rodgers gives an emotional and honest response.

"It is really breaking my heart. Last night, her doctor sent me her latest brain scan and you could see her brain actually dying. You could see areas that are well lit and quite alive and other areas that are basically just dead." 

He adds: "Fibrosis has set in in such large areas. It is really painful but I must say that I have seen my Mom more in the last three years than I have since I was 14 years old."

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In the interview, filmed at Abbey Road Studios in London, where Rodgers was recently appointed chief creative adviser, he tells O’Connor what it was like growing up with both his parents being heroin addicts, saying he had a happy childhood despite those difficulties.

When asked if he has made peace with Beverly as she goes through Alzheimer’s, he tells O’Connor: "I haven’t necessarily made my peace with her, because there is really no peace to make.

"We are happy and we're having a great time and I am trying to take care of her as best I can."

Rodgers, who is performing with Chic at Electric Picnic this weekend, also discusses the meteoric rise of the band, his status as the King of Studio 54, his own addictions, the impact of the "Disco Sucks" movement on the band and working with huge stars like David Bowie and Madonna during the wide-ranging interview.

Watch Brendan O’Connor’s Time Out, Friday, August 31, RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

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