Barbara Windsor's husband has revealed that she has been moved to a care home as she struggles with her advancing dementia.
Scott Mitchell said the 82-year-old former EastEnders and Carry On star left the couple's home in mid-July.
Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 and her condition has worsened during lockdown.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, her 57-year-old husband said: "I feel I'm on an emotional rollercoaster. I walk around, trying to keep busy, then burst in to tears. It feels like a bereavement.
"It's always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she'd be thinking, 'Why would he do this to me?'
"That fear has become a reality. It's something I never wanted."
Her husband of 20 years, Mitchell said she moved to a care home in London and he has decorated her room to make it as welcoming as possible.
He has put up family pictures as well as a photograph of the actress receiving her damehood from the Queen of England and a snap of her with Paul O'Grady and Cilla Black at the Royal Variety Performance.
Speaking of the day he left her at the home, Mitchell said: "I'll never forget the feeling of emptiness. I felt sick in the pit of my stomach that I'd left her. I still feel like that.
"By the time I got home and went to bed, I just felt desperately sad. It's been 27 years since we met and we spent so much of that time in each other's company. It feels like another chapter has gone."
Although Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago, she only made the news public in 2018.
Both Windsor and her husband have campaigned to raise awareness of the illness, which is most common in people over the age of 65.