Published On: Wed, Apr 28th, 2021

Neighbours actor Takaya Honda discusses his mother’s heartbreaking battle with dementia

Neighbours actor Takaya Honda discusses his mother’s heartbreaking battle with dementia and the ‘feeling of guilt’ he ‘carries’ with him

Neighbours star Takaya Honda has watched his mother’s health decline over the years following her dementia diagnosis 11 years ago at just 52 years old. 

The actor, 33, told the Herald Sun on Wednesday that he has struggled seeing his mother, Rhonda, battle with the degenerative brain disease. 

‘It is a heaviness that I carry with me at all times and even saying that makes me feel guilty because I am aligning my mum with a negative, but ultimately it is the truth of it,’ he said.

‘It is a heaviness that I carry with me at all times’: Neighbours actor Takaya Honda discussed the heartbreak of his mother’s battle with dementia and the ‘feeling of guilt’ he ‘carries’ with him on Wednesday 

Takaya, who plays Dr David Tanaka on the long running soap, added that he finds it difficult to hear stories from his friends and colleagues about their mothers because of his mother’s health.

‘It impacts me because it is something I can do nothing about, but I have to live with it,’ he said.

He also shared that happy occasions, including his recent beach wedding to his fiancée Amy Schwab, have a tinge of sadness because of his mother’s condition.

Heartbreak: The actor, 33, said he struggles seeing his mother, Rhonda, battle with the degenerative brain disease. 'It is something I can do nothing about, but I have to live with it,' he said

Heartbreak: The actor, 33, said he struggles seeing his mother, Rhonda, battle with the degenerative brain disease. ‘It is something I can do nothing about, but I have to live with it,’ he said

Doing his part: Takaya, who is an ambassador for Dementia Australia, added that he finds it difficult to hear stories from his friends and colleagues about their mothers because of his mother's health

Doing his part: Takaya, who is an ambassador for Dementia Australia, added that he finds it difficult to hear stories from his friends and colleagues about their mothers because of his mother’s health

‘Even happy occasions can become sad because you become aware that this is a moment she dreamed of, but can’t experience it in the way that she dreamed of,’ he said.

Takaya tied the knot with his fiancée Amy Schwab in a stunning Byron Bay ceremony, back in December.

The couple shared pictures and video from their big day, which featured a gorgeous couture gown, a vegan wedding cake and a romantic dance on the beach after saying ‘I do’. 

Bittersweet: He also shared that happy occasions, including his recent beach wedding to his fiancée Amy Schwab (pictured), have a tinge of sadness because of his mother's condition saying: 'She (his mother) can't experience it in the way that she dreamed of'

Bittersweet: He also shared that happy occasions, including his recent beach wedding to his fiancée Amy Schwab (pictured), have a tinge of sadness because of his mother’s condition saying: ‘She (his mother) can’t experience it in the way that she dreamed of’

Rhonda, who is mostly non-verbal, was able to attend her son’s wedding day.

Takaya proposed to Amy in Byron Bay in 2019, popping the question at sunset on the beach.

The couple had been dating for five years.

Wedded bliss: Takaya proposed in Byron Bay, popping the question at sunset on the beach. The couple had been dating for five years

Wedded bliss: Takaya proposed in Byron Bay, popping the question at sunset on the beach. The couple had been dating for five years

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