In a candid recent interview, Emma Heming, Bruce Willis’ wife, expressed uncertainty regarding her husband’s awareness of his dementia. Willis made public his retirement from acting and aphasia diagnosis in March 2022. His family later revealed his progression into frontotemporal dementia.
“Dementia is a hard journey. It’s challenging for both the diagnosed individual and their family. This is the reality for Bruce, me, and our daughters,” Heming expressed, underscoring the collective impact of the disease. She emphasized the communal aspect of dementia, affirming its characterization as a ‘family disease.’
Married to Willis since 2009, Heming and Willis are parents to 11-year-old Mabel and 9-year-old Evelyn. Heming highlighted the family’s transparency regarding Willis’ condition. In a conversation with Hoda Kotb on the “Today” show, Heming articulated the importance of clarifying the medical aspects of the disease to their children to avoid stigma and foster understanding.
Addressing the challenges of raising children amid these circumstances, Heming acknowledged the invaluable lessons it imparts about care and love despite the inherent sadness. The diagnosis, while painful, brought a semblance of relief. “Understanding what was happening allowed me to accept the situation. Knowing Bruce’s condition makes it slightly easier,” she mentioned.
During the show, Susan Dickinson, the CEO of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, joined Heming. She elucidated the disease’s genetic nuances and discussed its diagnosis’s complexities. She noted that individuals with frontotemporal dementia frequently encounter a four-year delay in proper diagnosis, often mistakenly diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis due to overlapping symptoms.
Besides Mabel and Evelyn, Willis is also a father to three daughters from his previous marriage to Demi Moore: Rumer, 35, Scout, 32, and Tallulah, 29.
Bruce Willis is renowned for his role as Detective John McClane in the “Die Hard” film series. Recognized as a prominent lead actor with credits in 76 films that have collectively grossed $5,295,243,486 globally, he holds the #20 position among cinema’s top-grossing stars.