More than three years after she slipped out of the spotlight and went into hiding, an ailing Barbara Walters will spend her 90th birthday without her former close circle of beloved friends, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
The iconic journalist- turned- recluse spends much of her time alone in her New York City apartment as she appears to suffer from dementia and heart problems, insiders previously told Radar, and it seems September 25 will be more of the same isolation for the once very social star.
“Friends have not spoken with Barbara in two years,” a source told Radar. “They’re really heartbroken about it, and don’t understand why they can’t visit her.”
As Radar previously reported, Walters seems to be controlled by a butler who turns away potential guests from her home.
The source told Radar a close friend recently sent a birthday gift to Walters, but only received a curt email response from a staff member.
“The email said, ‘Dictated from Barbara, she says thank you,’” the source claimed. “It was truly bizarre.”
Now, friends read obituaries in local papers, fearing Walters name could be included.
“They believe it’s the only way they would find out if something happened,” the source explained.
Walter’s publicist told Radar the former View host will spend her special day with her daughter, Jackie.
As Radar once reported, Walters is confined to a wheelchair, and has trouble remembering loved ones.
It appears her memory loss dates back to 2013, when Jenny McCarthy joined The View.
In Ramin Setoodeh’s explosive book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” McCarthy said Walters forgot who she was.
“Who is Jenny McCarthy?” she allegedly asked her cohosts.