Bruce Willis’ wife Emma has spoken out about her husband’s heart-wrenching diagnosis to “raise awareness” about the actor’s condition.
Last year, the 67-year-old Hollywood legend and Die Hard star stepped down from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia.
His family, including his wife Emma, ex-wife Demi Moore, and his children, have since revealed that the actor’s condition progressed into frontotemporal dementia, a disease that causes mobility issues and changes in behavior and language expression and understanding.
Now, 44-year-old Emma Heming Willis once again spoke out to raise awareness about the unforgiving condition and pay a tribute to caregivers looking after those affected with FTD.
“I just saw something about me getting my five minutes, which is great. Which means that you’re listening. So I’m going to take my five minutes and I’m going to turn it into 10 because I’m always going to advocate for my husband,” she said in her video.
“And, while I’m at it, I’m going to raise awareness around FTD and for caregivers, who are unsung heroes out there. And then, and then, I am going to turn my grief and my anger and my sadness and do something good around something that feels less than.
“So, watch this space, because I didn’t come to play.”
Captioning her clip, Emma wrote: “Just over here turning my 5 mins into 10. I’ve sat around quietly for too long and I’m so ready to be embraced by this solid and loving community my family and I find ourselves in while trying to lift them up in return.”
The video comes shortly after Emma pleaded with people in a similar situation for help in learning how to navigate her husband through these changes.
“If you are someone who is looking after someone who has dementia, you know how difficult and how stressful it can be, just to get them out into the world and navigate them safely – even just to get a cup of coffee,” she expressed.
“To other caregivers or dementia care specialist navigating this world… Any tips or advice on how to get your loved ones out in the world safely? Please share.”
Our thoughts are with the Willis family during this challenging time.