Bruce Willis’ ex-wife has shared a touching video of the actor during his recent birthday celebration, the first since he was diagnosed with dementia.
Demi Moore shared the video of Wills’ 68th birthday on Instagram as the blended family celebrates the actor.
The video is captioned, “Happy birthday, BW! So glad we could celebrate you today.” Willis can be seen singing “Happy Birthday” with his family.
Moore, who was married to Willis from 1987 to 2000, has three children with the now-retired actor — Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
Willis is currently married to Emma Heming Willis, with whom he has two daughters — Mabel and Evelyn.
Heming Willis also posted on social media about what it is like living with and caring for someone with dementia.
“Sometimes in our lives, we have to put our big girl panties on and get to it, and that’s what I’m doing,” she said on Instagram. “But I do have times of sadness every day, grief every day and I’m really feeling it today on his birthday.”
She also spoke about putting together a video in honor of her husband’s birthday, saying that “the videos are like a knife in my heart” but that she does it because she knows how much he is loved by his fans.
Willis had been diagnosed with a speaking disorder called aphasia in 2022, but last month announced that it had progressed into frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, the “Today” show reported.
There is no cure or treatment to slow the disease progression, and the “Die Hard” actor retired last year because the condition impacted his cognitive abilities, BBC News reported.
The Alzheimer’s Association says FTD is “a group of disorders caused by progressive nerve cell loss in the brain’s frontal lobes (the areas behind your forehead) or its temporal lobes.”
The frontal and temporal lobes control personality, behavior and language. FTD is typically diagnosed in people in their 40s through 60s, the Alzheimer’s Association said.
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