After recently being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, the family of Die Hard star Bruce Willis are rallying behind the actor, determined to “keep him active” to ensure he lives his best life.
A source close to the Willis family has told People magazine that Bruce’s wife, Emma Heming Willis, and ex-wife Demi Moore, have come together in an effort to help the 67-year-old “live as full a life as possible”.
“The focus for Bruce is to keep him active. He has a busy schedule with activities every day. They make sure both his body and brain is exercised,” they told the publication.
“The family is all closer than ever,” the source added, saying that Emma is doing her best to create as many positive memories for her two young daughters – Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8 – whom she shares with Bruce.
“She wants them to remember Bruce as an amazing, fun dad. She wants them to have the best memories of him.”
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The Willis family announced Bruce’s devastating dementia diagnosis earlier this month.
“As a family, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the outpouring of love and compassion for Bruce over the past ten months. Your generosity of spirit has been overwhelming, and we are tremendously grateful for it. For your kindness, and because we know you love Bruce as much as we do, we wanted to give you an update,” their statement read.
“Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD). Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”
Fans around the world were initially left in a state of shock following the announcement of Bruce’s original aphasia diagnosis last March, more so when it was revealed that his condition had forced him to step “away from the career that has meant so much to him”.
Following their announcement, a separate source had previously told RadarOnline that Bruce’s heartbreaking condition has made Emma and Demi closer than ever.
“Demi has been in constant contact with Bruce and Emma,” the source said.
“She’s taking every opportunity she can to spend time with him. If she’s not there by his side, she’s calling on the phone just so Bruce can hear her voice.
“They know he won’t be around forever, so they’re cherishing every single moment.
“There are days when they see glimpses of the old Bruce, but they are brief and far between,” the source continued.
“It seems he’s slipping further away from them, and it breaks their heart.
“It’s been painful to see him deteriorate. The older girls miss the old Bruce — the one who used to tease them about their boyfriends and give them unsolicited advice.”