Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming, gives an update on her husband’s health.
In a recent candid interview, Heming expressed uncertainty about her husband’s awareness of his dementia. Back in March 2022, Willis publicly declared his retirement from acting due to a diagnosis of aphasia. Shortly after, the Willis family disclosed that the actor’s condition had progressed to frontotemporal dementia.
“What I’m learning is that dementia is hard. It’s hard on the person diagnosed. It’s also hard on the family. And that is no different for Bruce or myself or our girls,” Heming said. “And when they say that this is a ‘family disease,’ it really is.”
Having been married since 2009, Heming has two daughters with Willis, Mabel and Evelyn, who are both very aware of their father’s condition.
“We’re a very honest and open household,” she added. “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,” Heming said of disclosing her husband’s diagnosis to the couple’s children. So, it was important that we let them 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.”
Nevertheless, Heming says the diagnosis was a “blessing and a curse.”
“To sort of finally understand what was happening, so I could be into the acceptance of what is. It doesn’t make it any less painful, but just being in the acceptance … and just being in the know of what is happening to Bruce, just makes it a little bit easier.”