Recovering from two aneurysms, the famously energetic 88-year-old has had to miss a number of occasions including the funeral of Ronnie Corbett and the launch of partner Lady Wilnelia Forsyth-Johnson’s new business.
She revealed over the weekend: “He’s the man I fell in love with because his brain is there.
“He has a bit of a problem moving, but we still laugh and talk. I pray, I believe. The main thing is that he’s doing well.”
However, the former Miss World, who has been with Bruce for 36 years, added that his suffering is mainly “emotional” rather than physical.
“The pain is more emotional – sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh,” she told YOU magazine.
In the same interview, Lady Wilnelia, 59, explained that the former Strictly Come Dancing presenter’s recovery may have been much faster in his younger days.
“The operation took his energy because of his age, there’s no question about it,” she conceded.
“Some days are better than others. On the not-so-good days, he tries to rest.”
He had been due to host a one-off Christmas special of Strictly last year despite stepping down from his weekly role in 2014, however he was forced to withdraw after his health complications proved more severe than initially thought. He was also absent from a Comic Relief edition in February of this year.
He was last seen on the programme for the 2015 Children In Need special, which was won by Laura Main from Call The Midwife.
His manager said in a statement last month: “As is widely known, Sir Bruce is recuperating from various health issues. His sole focus at the moment is to continue getting better and he has made no formal or informal decision about retiring from show business.”