It’s an emotional birthday for Bruce Willis and his loved ones, his wife Emma Heming Willis says in a new Instagram message die Hard The star turned 68 on March 19. Following his family’s announcement that the action star was stepping back from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, it was revealed last month that Willis now has frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Along with the three adult daughters – Rumer, Scout and Tallulah – he shares with ex-wife Demi Moore, pulp Fiction The star shares 10-year-old Mabel and 8-year-old Evelyn with former model Emma, whom he married in 2009. Since making her husband’s diagnosis public in February, Emma has been using her platform to raise awareness about FTD, advocate for her husband and open up about his grief – she admits that She was “really feeling it” on the occasion of her birthday.
“So today is my husband’s birthday,” the 45-year-old shared in a video message posted to her Instagram Stories on Sunday. “I started the morning crying, as you can see from my swollen eyes and swollen nose.”
She went on to share how she was praised for putting on a brave face in the midst of her husband’s health challenges, even though he was struggling inside.
“I think it’s important that you look at all sides of it,” said the CocoBaba founder. “I always get this message, or people always say to me ‘Oh you’re so strong, I don’t know how you do it.’ I haven’t been given a choice. I wish I had. But I’m also raising two kids in this, so sometimes in our lives, we have to wear our big girl panties and that’s what I’m doing. But I have sad times every day, every day is sad, and I’m feeling it today on his birthday.
Emma – who recently urged fans and the media to give her husband space when he’s out in public – also got emotional as she talked about putting together an Instagram reel celebrating Willis’ birthday.
“I don’t know why I do this to myself because the videos are like a knife in my heart,” she told fans. “But as much as I do it for myself, I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband — don’t cry, Emma — but it means a lot to me, so thank you.”