It’s an emotional birthday for Bruce Willis and his loved ones, his wife, Emma Heming Willis, says in a new Instagram post as the die hard He turns 68 on March 19. Following his family’s announcement that the action star would stop acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, it was revealed last month that Willis now has frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Along with three adult daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, he shares with his ex-wife Demi Moore, the pulp fiction The star shares Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, with former model Emma, whom he married in 2009. Since her husband’s diagnosis was made public in February, Emma has been using her platform for raise awareness about FTDadvocate for her husband and speak openly about her grief, something she admitted she was “really feeling” 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 tell by my swollen eyes and runny nose.”
She went on to share how she’s been praised for showing a brave face amid her husband’s health challenges, even though he’s struggling on the inside.
“I think it’s important that you see all sides of this,” the CocoBaba founder said. “I always get this message, or people always tell me, ‘Oh, you’re so strong, I don’t know how you do it.’ I don’t have a choice. I wish I was. But I’m also raising two kids on this, so sometimes in “Our lives, we have to put on our big girl panties and do it, and that’s what I’m doing. But I have moments of sadness every day, pain every day, and I’m really feeling it today on her birthday.”
Emma, who recently urged fans and media to give her husband space when out in public, she also got emotional when she talked about putting together an Instagram reel to celebrate Willis’s birthday.
“I don’t know why I do that because the videos are like a knife in my heart,” she admitted to fans. “But as much as I do it for me, I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband, don’t cry Emma, but he means a lot to me, so thank you.”