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Tony Christie 'thrown' by distressing incident as he breaks silence on dementia diagnosis

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Tony Christie, 79, who is best known for his smash hit (Is This the Way to) Amarillo, has sadly been diagnosed with dementia.The star has now spoken out for the first time about a heartbreaking incident he witnessed, as he discussed his “daunting” future following the life-changing news.Two weeks ago, the I Did What I Did for Maria singer revealed he was living with the ­condition.The popular star spoke about how he doesn't like to "dwell" on the condition, explaining that it can become “daunting” if he doesn’t keep himself busy.He explained that, despite the tough news, he is sticking to his plans to travel to Nashville to record new music, and start touring the UK in the spring. "I'm used to working, it's daunting when I don't work, and I love the music – and that is good for what I have got, it's medication,” he said."Whatever this is, it is, and we will deal with it.

I was a little bit down but I thought, 'I can still work, it’s not affecting my singing, my voice, my show.' As long as I can get on that stage and do what I was born to do,” he told the Mirror.Tony went on to share the nerve-wracking moment he arrived at his specialist last week, where he noticed a disorientated lady on the steps outside who did not know where she was.Looking at what his own future might hold, he admitted the sight “threw him for a moment”.Tony is a doting husband to his beloved wife of 55 years, Sue, their three children and seven grandchildren.

Asked if he feared he would no longer remember his family, he admitted that was “the only worry” he had, but added that he “trusts” his wife completely.Sue told the publication: "He will never lose that.

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