Emma Heming Willis, wife of famed actor Bruce Willis, 68, recently spoke with “Today’s” Hoda Kotb about dementia and her husband’s health.
Bruce announced he had a form of dementia (aphasia) in March 2022. Emma reported that Bruce’s condition has become more severe and is now diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
Many commended Emma for her transparency and commitment to care for Bruce during this extremely difficult time.
Fox News Entertainment reported on Tuesday that two of Bruce’s daughters with his first wife, Demi Moore, commented on Emma’s interview.
Scout and Tallulah posted their comments on Instagram:
“I truly could not be more proud of [Emma Heming Willis] for being willing to step out into the public eye, (even though it’s terrifying!!!) to share our family’s story in service of speaking awareness about FTD.”
Willis’ daughters continued: “Emma you are such a champion for this cause and you inspire me EVERY SINGLE…DAY with your bravery and deep, deep loving. Your courage is moving mountains.”
People reported that Scout, 31, posted a clip from Emma’s interview and a brief message:
Emma later reposted her Instagram post, telling Scout that she loves her.
Tallulah, 29, also reposted her sister’s message, adding, “So proud of my family @emmahemingwillis.”
Last May, Tallulah spoke of the challenges of caring for a dementia patient in an article published in Vogue Magazine: “I’ve known that something was wrong for a long time,” she wrote at the time.
Writing of changes she saw in her father, Tallulah stated: “It started out with a kind of vague unresponsiveness, which the family chalked up to Hollywood hearing loss: ‘Speak up! ’Die Hard’ messed with Dad’s ears.’ Later that unresponsiveness broadened, and I sometimes took it personally.”
Tallulah added: “He had had two babies with my stepmother, Emma Heming Willis, and I thought he’d lost interest in me. Though this couldn’t have been further from the truth, my adolescent brain tortured itself with some faulty math: I’m not beautiful enough for my mother, I’m not interesting enough for my father.”
Emma noted that dementia is called a “family disease” because of its profound impact on family caregivers (whom Emma refers to as care partners).
When Hoda asked Emma about how she talked about the disease with her children, she said: “We’re a very honest and open household. The most important thing was … to say what the disease was. Explain what it is, because when you know what the disease is from a medical standpoint, it sort of all makes sense.”
Emma added: “So it was important that we let [our daughters] know what it is, because you know, I don’t want there to be any stigma or shame attached to their dad’s diagnosis or for any form of dementia.”
The strong but emotional Emma added: “This is not what I would want for them … but it’s teaching them so much – in how to care and love. It’s a beautiful thing amongst the sadness.”
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