24/03/2016 17:03 GMT

Anne Kirkbride's Husband Responds To 'Coronation Street' Star Bill Roache's Comments

Bill faced a backlash from 'Corrie' fans when he spoke about Anne's private health battles.

Anne Kirkbride’s husband has responded to comments made in the press by her former ‘Coronation Street’ co-star Bill Roache about her health problems.

Bill appeared on screen with Anne as her soap husband, Ken Barlow, until her death last year, and faced a backlash from ‘Corrie’ fans on Thursday, over a recent interview where he spoke openly about her private health battles, describing her as “depressed” and “an alcoholic”.

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Bill Roache and Anne Kirkbride

The late soap actress’s husband, David Beckett, has now responded to the claims, simply telling The Mirror: Whilst Anne would describe herself as an 'alcoholic', she had not touched a drop of alcohol in 30 years.”

An ITV spokesperson also refused to comment on Bill’s comments about his late screen wife, adding: “We never discuss health matters relating to an employee.”

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Anne Kirkbride and Bill Roache during the early stages of their on-screen partnership, with 'Corrie' co-star Johnny Briggs
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