Bruce Willis celebrates 68th birthday with blended family amid battle with dementia, while ex-wife Demi Moore shares heartwarming video
Bruce Willis has been seen in a new video celebrating his 68th birthday with his family.
Ex-wife Demi Moore shared the sweet moment as the blended family surrounded a cake and sang, marking the first time the actor has been seen since his dementia diagnosis was announced in February.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Bruce Willis’ wife shares an update on his birthday.
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The footage features Moore and the children she shares with Willis – Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
Also the Die Hard actor’s 13-year-old wife Emma Heming Willis and their two daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8.
“Happy birthday, BW! Nice that we could celebrate you today. I love you and love our family. Thank you everyone for the love and warm wishes – we all feel them,” Moore wrote in her caption.
She also shared a series of photos of the family from that day.
Willis has frontotemporal dementia and the family have found ways to support the actor to ensure he has the best life possible.
Also posting was Heming Willis, who began one of her Instagram videos by saying that on Willis’ 68th birthday, she “started the morning crying as you can see from my swollen eyes and nose.”
She said she believes it’s important for viewers to see “all sides” of the family’s struggle.
“I always get this message where people always say to me, ‘Oh, you’re so strong, I don’t know how you do that.’ I have no choice,” she said.
Heming Willis added that she’s “raising two kids with this too, so sometimes in our lives we have to put on our big girl panties and get going” — a reference to her two children with Willis.
Followers continued to offer support, with one writing that Heming Willis “should never be afraid to cry…it’s not an act of shame or embarrassment.” It’s love, it’s sadness, it’s sadness, it’s joy – it’s human and it’s okay.”
“Grief and joy and sadness and happiness are not mutually exclusive. All emotions can occur at the same time,” said another.
Heming Willis also shared a video montage of cute moments with Willis to celebrate his birthday.
“He is pure love. He is so loved. And I will always love him. Happy birthday my cutie 💌,” her caption began Monday.
“My birthday wish for Bruce is that you continue to hold him in your prayers and highest vibrations as his sensitive Pisces soul will feel it 🙏🏽 Thank you for loving and caring for him too 💞.”
awareness of dementia
Heming Willis has been campaigning for dementia awareness in the month since Willis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia on February 16.
The model says raising awareness about dementia has become her “mission” and she will continue to advocate for her husband’s well-being.
“I just saw I got my ‘five minutes (of fame)’ which is great, which means you’re listening,” she said on March 8.
“Well, I’m going to take my five minutes and turn it into ten because I will always stand up for my man.”
WATCH VIDEO ABOVE: Bruce Willis’ wife addresses ‘five minutes’ of fame claims.
Heming Willis said that while she drew people’s attention, she also raised awareness for frontotemporal dementia and for caregivers, calling them “unsung heroes.”
“And then I’ll turn my heartache and anger and sadness around and do something good around something that feels less,” she continued.
“Watch this room because I didn’t come to play.”
What is frontotemporal dementia?
Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, is a group of disorders caused by a buildup of brain cell-destroying proteins in the frontal (behind the forehead) or temporal (behind the ears) lobes of the brain.
These areas of the brain are generally associated with personality, behavior, and language.
The disease typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 64.
“Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope may change in the years to come,” said a February statement issued on behalf of Bruce’s wife Emma, his daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn and his daughters was published by ex-wife Demi Moore.
“As Bruce’s condition progresses, we hope media attention can focus on shedding light on this disease, which requires much more awareness and research.
“Bruce has always believed in using his voice in the world to help others and raise awareness of important issues both publicly and privately.
“We know in our hearts that if he could today, he would want to respond by bringing global attention and a connection to those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it affects so many people and their families.
“Ours is just a family with a loved one suffering from FTD and we encourage others affected by it to seek the wealth of information and support available through AFTD.
“And for those of you who have been fortunate enough not to have had personal experience with FTD, we hope you will take the time to learn more about it and support AFTD’s mission in any way you can.”
To conclude their statement, the family said Bruce “always found joy in life.”
“It meant the world to see that sense of caring radiate back to him and all of us.
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