Bruce Willis' devastating dementia update as family unsure whether he is aware of condition

Bruce Willis Emma Heming

Emma Heming gave an updated on her husband's condition

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 25/09/2023

- 16:53

Bruce Willis' family shared his dementia diagnosis in February this year

Bruce Willis is a successful actor who has taken a step back from work after being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

His wife Emma Heming Willis has given an update on his health in an interview today.

She explained the struggles of living with dementia and shared the couple's young daughters were helping to care for their dad.

Speaking on Today, she said: "What I'm learning is that dementia is hard.

Celebrity dementia diagnosis

"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.

"When they say that this is a family disease, it really is."

Bruce's family have helped to care for the 68-year-old since his diagnosis.

Emma shared their relief at his diagnosis but added it was "hard to know" if Bruce was aware of his condition.

She added: "The most important thing was to be able for us 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.

"It was the blessing and the curse... 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."

Emma explained she has told her children about the condition and believed it is important to be honest.

She said: "It was important that we let them know what it is because I don't want there to be any stigma or shame attached to their dad's diagnosis or for any form of dementia."

Bruce Willis on beach

His diagnosis was made public by a post on Emma's Instagram


Frontotemporal dementia can be detected by a number of symptoms.

These include unusual behaviour, emotional problems, trouble communicating, difficulty with work and difficulty with walking, according to the National Institute of Aging.

This comes following a health warning as some popular foods can increase the risk of dementia.

Having high cholesterol can also increase the risk of dementia, according to a study.

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