David Walliams became choked up as he movingly paid tribute to his late friend Dale Winton during a radio show on Thursday.
The comedian spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row about how he was concerned for Dale – who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 62 – before his death.
“He absolutely lived for showbusiness,” David, 46, explained. “I was always worried for him, inevitably it [fame] does go away.
“You have your moment in the sun, you’re still working but you’re not quite where you were.”
David then became increasingly emotional as he discussed how Dale had felt guilty for never telling his mum Sheree that he was gay before she died.
Sheree tragically took her own life just days before Dale’s 21st birthday.
“I just wish he was able to find happiness himself, but I think he was so devastated by what happened to his mother when he was so young, he found it hard,” the Britain’s Got Talent star said.
“He absolutely worshipped her, he found her, that sort of thing you never really get over.
“The most awful thing…he used to tell me he had this terrible guilt as his mum had asked him if he was gay and he said no and he felt this terrible guilt that he hadn’t told her the truth.
“That always broke my heart when he told me that.”
Clearly upset, David’s voice began to break as he added: “He was a really beautiful soul and I’m going to miss him terribly. I’m sure everyone will as well.”
Despite his sadness over the loss of his friend, the TV star also shared some happy memories of his time spent with Dale.
“He was one of the funniest people I have ever met, funny intentionally and unintentionally,” he revealed.
“He was absolutely outrageous and had such a camp sense of humour, which is probably why I was drawn to him.
“We had some of the best nights out, he was like a cross between a teddy bear and an angel.”
Dale had previously credited David with helping him through his battle with depression.
Speaking on Loose Women in 2016, the Supermarket Sweep host explained: “I always thought, ‘get over yourself’. But my mum died of it. It exists and anybody out there who has had it knows it exists.
“I didn’t want to put one foot in front of the other but for a couple of really good friends.
“David Walliams is brilliant. He has kept me going.”