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Barbara Windsor's widow denies open relationship but says marriage 'wasn't a closed book'

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Alzheimer's Disease, with her husband Scott Mitchell, 59, by her side.The widower has now shared personal insight into their relationship in his memoir as he insists although they didn't have an open relationship he was allowed to "enjoy himself".In extracts from his new book, By Your Side: My Life Loving Barbara Windsor, Scott made bombshell revelations about the couple's marriage.Shared with The Sun, Scott admitted his relationship was not a "closed book", with the national treasure not wanting her husband to "stop living his life to the full".Scott wrote: "Ours was not an open relationship, but it wasn’t a closed book either."She had always said sex was sex and love was love, and she wasn't one for double standards, so she kept her reservations to herself and never asked me directly."He added that Barbara "didn't want to stop him living his life to the full, as she had" however their arrangement "did start to get a bit mixed up".When the EastEnders legend had to stop drinking she did not want her husband to miss out, so Scott claimed when she was dropped home she would ask him to go back out and "enjoy himself".He added: "It wasn't to hook up with women, though we both had a similar attitude towards sex, but to score some coke."Barbara herself previously discussed her husband's cocaine addiction in her own memoir All Of Me: My Extraordinary Life, where she blamed herself for the severity of his addiction.She wrote: "I think I could have stopped Scott's spiral of self-destruction had it not been for another craving that transformed him from the wonderful guy I loved into a sad, pathetic creature I hardly recognised."I would look at him and think: I've done nothing wrong and yet I've managed to ruin this man's.

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