Wednesday 7 December 2016

Billy Connolly's wife Pamela quashes separation rumours

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 28/03/2016 | 10:52

Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly pictured with his wife, Pamela Stephenson
Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly pictured with his wife, Pamela Stephenson
Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly

Pamela Stephenson has said the reason she doesn’t join her husband, comedian Billy Connolly, on tour is because he likes to tease her in his routines.

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The psychologist has been married to Billy for 26 years, but the couple have not been pictured together for almost a year while he has been touring across the UK.

Rumours about a possible separation began to circulate after Pamela was absent from the National TV Awards earlier this year, which Billy attended with three of their four daughters.

To make matters worse, he failed to mention her in his acceptance speech when collecting the lifetime achievement gong.

Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly pictured with his wife, Pamela Stephenson
Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly pictured with his wife, Pamela Stephenson

However, Pamela has dismissed the rumours, telling Woman & Home magazine: “He hates me showing up when he’s on tour. I imagine that’s because on stage he’s often funny at my expense. B*****d!”

The 73-year-old comedian was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, and Pamela admitted that he struggled at first to deal with the news: “He was upset but after a while began to joke about it.

“He now talks about carrying an ‘invisible raincoat’ - referring to how his arm goes into a crooked position as if he is carrying a garment. All in all, we are enormously blessed because Billy is actually doing really well.

“He trains hard in the gym, continues to tour, to do movies and TV series and is, frankly, as funny as he’s ever been.”

Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly
Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly

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