Bruce Willis’ Wife Speaks Out About Her Grief — Best Life

A once-in-a-generation action hero, Bruce Willis spent his Hollywood career starring in blockbuster hits and auteur drama. But earlier this year, the die hard The star’s family have shared a shocking announcement: After being diagnosed with a neurological disorder known as aphasia, Willis planned to quit acting for good. Since then wife Emma Heming-Willisex wife Half Moore, and Willis’ three oldest daughters rallied around him in a public show of support on social media. Read on to hear the heartbreaking reflection Heming Willis shared recently about life after her husband’s diagnosis.

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In March 2022, Willis’ family announced that the actor had been diagnosed with aphasia and would be retiring from his acting career after more than 40 years in the Hollywood spotlight. “To the amazing Bruce supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has had health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” said a joint declaration written by his blended family. “As a result and with great consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that meant so much to him.”

“This is a truly difficult time for our family and we very much appreciate your continued love, compassion and support,” they shared via social media. “We’re going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring in his fans because we know how much he means to you, just like you mean to him.”

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Aphasia is a cognitive language disorder that affects comprehension and communication. Every year, doctors diagnose about 180,000 new cases of aphasia, totaling one million cases in the United States, according to the National Aphasia Association (NAA).

Although sometimes aphasia occurs as a result of a progressive neurological disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease or a brain tumor, it often occurs suddenly, following a stroke or head trauma that affects the regions of the brain responsible for language. People with aphasia tend to have difficulty speaking, reading, writing and processing language, but the NAA notes that the condition does not affect intelligence.

In March, former colleagues of Willis shared with The Los Angeles Times that they had witnessed signs of his condition on set for years before the diagnosis was publicly announced.

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Heming Willis has since explained how she coped with her husband’s diagnosis while being a parent to the couple’s two young daughters, Mabel Willis (10) and Evelyn Willis (8). She acknowledged that focusing so intensely on her family had “taken a toll” on her “mental health and overall health”.

“I put my family’s needs above my own, which I don’t think makes me some kind of hero,” she said in May while speaking with The bump. “Someone told me not too long ago that when you care too much about someone, you end up not caring about yourself. It stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me. I don’t mother myself perfectly, but I know that I have certain basic basic needs that are essential, like above all exercise,” she explained.

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Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming on the red carpet at an event in Los Angeles

On August 30, Heming Willis took to Instagram to share a touching personal update for National Bereavement Awareness Day. “It was the summer of self-discovery – finding new hobbies, getting out of my comfort zone and staying active,” she wrote alongside a video montage of the model doing various activities in his house and garden.

“My grief can be crippling but I’m learning to live with it,” she continued, adding words of wisdom that her daughter-in-law, Scout LaRue Willis, shared with her, “Grief is the deepest and purest form of love. I hope you find comfort there too.”

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