‘Falling all the time’ Billy Connolly had to move out of New York as Parkinson’s worsened
Lorraine: Billy Connolly on why he moved out of New York
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Billy Connolly, 78, was a guest on ITV’s Lorraine earlier today when he opened up about moving out of New York City. The star admitted the reasoning behind this was due to his worsening Parkinson’s symptoms.
The comic was chatting to the ITV host when he made the candid admission.
Lorraine asked him: “So, home now is Florida?”
Billy explained: “Yes, I was living in New York but with Parkinson’s I was out of balance a lot of the time.
“In the winter, I was sliding and falling on my backside all the time.”
The legendary comedian then admitted it was his wife Pamela Stephenson who suggested they move somewhere warmer.
“So Pamela did it,” he added. “She just told me we were going to move.
“It wasn’t a choice of mine! She just said, ‘Here’s the new address.’”
However, Billy also explained how it’s lovely down in Florida where they live.
The comedian now lives in Key West in the state with Pamela, who he has been married to since 1989.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in September 2013.
In 2019, he also disclosed how the advancement of the disease had led him to retire from performing.
Elsewhere in the chat, Billy admitted he has “good days and bad days” with the disease.
He added: “There’s good days and there’s bad days, and the good days outnumber the bad days, so I’ve got nothing to complain about.
“Somebody once told me any time you’re not feeling very well, think of the kids in the cancer wards and that straightens me out, rapid.”
Billy was speaking as he released his new autobiography Windswept and Interesting.
Elsewhere, the star also admitted he fears he’d be “cancelled” if he launched his comedy career now.
Speaking to Newstalk ZB a few weeks ago, he said: “Because of political correctness people have pulled in the horns.
“I couldn’t have started today with the talent I had then.
“There’s a show here in America with all Black comedians, men and women, and they are totally ruthless, they are totally without political correctness and they have always got me on the floor howling with laughter.
“There was a comedian who had a series on television and the suits involved were going to take it off at the first commercial break. They have got no bravery.”
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