Much-loved Aussie TV presenter Bert Newton has encountered a number of health battles over the last few years – with a serious diagnosis of pneumonia even forcing him to miss the Logies in the past – but his beloved wife Patti has now put rumours over how he’s really doing to bed in a charming TV appearance.
Appearing on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show this week alongside her daughter Lauren and two of her adorable grandkids, Patti said her husband is “fabulous” and loving life.
In the chat about family life and grandparenting duties, the 74-year-old explained Bert is thoroughly enjoying his time out of the spotlight.
When asked about the award-winning entertainer’s health, Patti replied: “He’s fabulous, absolutely fabulous,” before adding: “He’s 81 this year and he’s doing so well.”
While Bert has been a regular face on Australian TV screens since the 1950s he has chosen to take a step back away from the cameras recently to spend more time with his growing family, including his five beautiful grandkids.
According to Patti, although his health is okay, Bert would rather enjoy family time than entertain the public with a busy work schedule.
“He could work a lot if he wanted to, but he picks and chooses a bit,” she explained. “He doesn’t have to do a lot of things now, he’s got the grandchildren why would he?
“He’s happy to be doing what he’s doing. He loves his life.”
Bert’s current condition is a stark difference to a couple of years ago when the media personality was cooped up in hospital with a bad case of pneumonia.
The then 78-year-old was extremely ill at the time and spent quite some time in hospital recovering from the lung infection. Thankfully, things are looking a lot better for Bert and Patti with the two able to spend ample time with their daughter’s children.
Speaking about the great relationship with the kids, Patti explained on The Morning Show how much they love being involved in their grandchildren’s lives.
“I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, being grandparents,” she told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies. “We absolutely love it.”
She added about the relationship between Bert and seven-year-old granddaughter Lola: “He’s no longer poppy, he’s Bill Brown. He’s the dad when they play mums and dads.
“To see him walking around the house holding a doll and saying ‘okay Lulu I’m coming’, I mean it’s hysterical.”