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Bruce Willis' wife shares emotional message on actor's birthday l GMA
- Published on Mar 19, 2023 veröffentlicht
- Emma Heming took to social media and got candid in a post marking his 68th birthday, in which she detailed challenges of caring for Willis, who lives with frontotemporal dementia.
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I'm glad Willis's wife is talking about her experience. I hope it will help others who are coping with the tremendous challenges of being caregivers for loved ones. Even someone with the resources and support she has feels the stress and the sadness of it. As Boomers begin to enter their 80s, many more families will need support.
The thing is that money can buy a lot of things, but she still has to figure out what the best care and support options are for her husband and their family. Possibly in a short time frame, while life around them goes on (and needs attention as well). The uncertainty what is best, how the disease will progress does not go away no matter how well off you are.
@Pissed Pisces Oh, precisely, I didn't intend to minimize what she's going through, simply to point out that this is how difficult such a situation is, that even with the best resources it's draining and heartbreaking.
Hello Susie how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
@Pissed Pisces I had a grandparent with Alzheimer's and a parent with dementia. She has millions of dollars to figure out the best care for her husband. She doesn't have to quit her job to care for him or work 2 jobs to pay the bills. It's approx $50,000 yearly average for assisted living care. What options do middle-class and lower-class families have? This is what she should be talking about.
@Ellen Jones I’m right there with you, Ellen. Families without financial resources are drained physically, psychologically and emotionally. I don’t know where I would be without the strength and peace that comes from the Lord, but it is excruciatingly difficult to do right by a loved one without losing yourself in the process.
How lucky is Bruce Willis to have found two incredible women who love him to the moon and back. They all have raised these daughters (and it looks like a grandkid on the way) that are beautiful, authentic and adore their father. He is truly a lucky man. We as an audience are blessed to have been able to watch him grow into the man, the legend, the actor that he became. Happy Birthday BW ❤️🥰👑
Repent to Jesus Christ “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4 NIV
legend of pathetic movies lately
thank you captain obvious
Yeah they " love" him for his Money ok Pal
I m so glad he s surrounded by his family..and yes his ex wife. Even though their marriage did not work they showed us that you can still have a great friendship and be great parents. I love the genuine energy they bring.
Seeing him so aged makes me sad. So unexpected for such a hero in the film industry. I hope his life carries on in a dignified manner surrounded by fans and loved ones.
Hello Cindy how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
He's 68 years old! What do you expect!
Nothing wrong with aging, it’s his dementia that makes it sad. Aging can be a beautiful thing.
@Tj Masterbarber If you look at videos and photos of him, his FTLD has aged him considerably since the diagnosis last spring.
I love that he and Demi have remained friends despite the end of their marriage decades ago.
It is bad idea to be friends with you ex. But it is be civil to your ex. I never be friends with non of my ex boyfriends and my ex friends.
@Joy Timmons No it is not. You were friends before and you can love someone but not be in love with them. Although my parents divorced when I was 13, it was the healthiest gift they could of given me. ( I am now 69 ) Until my mother died at 72 my father was her best friend and visa versa. When my mother went through a hard time I asked my father why although remarried why he was helping her. His response was “ she will always be my children’s mother and what would you think of me having the means and I did not help. She is also my best friend for too many years to not help. My son experienced this from his grandparents and when I divorced his father, I followed the same mentality. My ex did not and all he accomplished was alienating his son to this day. A step-mother who included my mother on events and holidays eliminated any resentment or disloyalty feelings that could of had towards her.
@Joy Timmons Do you have children with your exes? If not you cant weigh in on Demi, Emma and Bruce at all!
@Joy Timmons It's only a bad idea to force the friendship. My mom tried to force my dad and stepmom to be friends and have big family get togethers like this even though several times it would end in a huge fight.
That said I've seen it work out great for other ex's.
Bruce has been a favorite of mine since his Moonlighting days. It is so sad he and his family received this diagnosis. Caregiving is not easy,, but with the love and support of family, friends and medical support it can make the path just a little easier. I wish nothing but love and blessings to the Willis family, everyone will get through this with the Lord's guidance. Happy Birthday, Bruce! ❤
I'm a big fan since Moonlighting too. He is leaving a legacy of entertainment and acting that will be forever remembered. Bless him and his big family.
@Nancy Godsey, Yes, he definitely is. An incredible repertoire.
Ditto. I'm one of the seniors who have been watching Bruce since Moonlighting. My son is a big fan because of Die Hard which was released when he was still a baby. Bruce Willis is a true legend.
My father in law and I watched that show together. ❤ He had cancer, I was pregnant. We always looked forward to Thursday nite, Moonlighting
@Mimi C, What a beautiful memory and my condolences for your loss. Yes, I looked forward to seeing the show each week too and hearing Al Jarreau sing the show's signature tune..
Rumer is pregnant?! I DIDN'T KNOW THAT?!
I absolutely think that Bruce and Demi and Emma have a lot to teach the world about love and what a family truly is.
Rumor has it
Yes she is Pregnant 🤰 ❤️😃
And yes 🙌🏾 you are damn right! They have so much to teach this Sick 🤒World! Lord please 🙏🏾 enter many families’s hardened hearts 💕 about this kind of unconditional love ❤️
bruce is the father!?!?
No. He will become a grand daddy . That’s his first born daughter pregnant 🤰 for the first time ❤️😊
Wow! It is sad to see how he is becoming different. It is sad that this could hit you at even ages younger than what we would consider to be really old. He's not really old yet. I'm glad he is surrounded by people who love him and are supporting him and encouraging him during this journey. We will all hold him in prayer.
My dad had dementia for the last 18 months of his life, the last 6 months being the worst. It was absolutely horrific. You could see he was terrified, and certainly not the man we all knew. I think we can all just wish to pass peacefully in our sleep well before dementia takes hold. Very sad for Bruce, far too young to go through this. 😞
I respect and honor Emma for her love and support of her Husband. I wish her and her family well. Dementia is a horrible way to leave this earth. I have two parents...one with Alzheimers, one with Vascular Dementia. It is devastating. I am a fan of Bruce and am extremely sad about this development. What is also disturbing...is that I am seeing many of our older celebrities coming down with these neurological diseases more than ever before. Country Singers are getting brain damage, and stopping their touring. Actors are getting brain damage and stopping their careers. Something is definitely changing for many of us. Not in a good way either.
My heart breaks for anyone who is dealing with all forms of dementia with their loved ones. It is terrifying to me...now that it is in my DNA that I could go OUT the same as they will. I hope and pray that the new "Crisper Technology" gets here SOON and will be perfected and affordable so that none of us ever go through this hellish disease in the future. I hope I am alive to to see it...and benefit from it.
Hello Maureen how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
Bless them, this is such a great family. A wonderful tribute to Bruce, Emma and Demi, wish more people were like them. Strength and love to all of them.
When a man has this much love and support from his family at his age and through these hard times, he did good, and it speaks a lot about his character👏🙏🏻
It absolutely does.
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1 John 4:4 NIV
@Repent and believe in Jesus Christ Amen! Stay HOT for Christ and share the gospel where ever you go (ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN NORTH AMERICA)!
May God bless you and keep you and may He give you peace that surpasses all understanding in King Jesus Christ name!
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I'm so appreciative that they shared this personal moment with the public. I wish them all the warm wishes and prayers! God bless them! 🙏 ❤
When you have people who genuinely love you, you have everything.
This man belongs to all of us who expected him to show up in our living rooms, bedrooms, dens and Kitchens or garages on any of the many entertaining venues we saw him appear. I love the way His family is able to rise above selfishness and pettiness to live the legacy he built. It has. Made me bury a few hatchets that needed to be junked in my immediate family. Thank you BW! It is a Lovely thing to be able to share with you again and again through your Loved One's kindness. Happy Birthday!
It’s nice to see everyone together! Happy birthday Bruce!🎉
Sending comfort to Bruce and his family.
I just love him , so glad he has great support and care . He’s enriched our lives with his magic personality and incredible acting talent! ❤
My love goes out to the whole family! I love that you kept it real it is sad but when you have a family like that who loves you that much, you can't beat it with a stick. God bless you, Bruce!
Hello Kate how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
I'm so happy to see he surrounded with so much love!!! It's kind of a small relief. Thanks for posting these for his fans ❤
Putting differences aside, caring for ones family is not only the right thing to do , its pure class! What a great example this is for families in trying times. Good on you!
I'm so inspired about Demi being such an equal part of the family. It's beautiful & much needed with how the world is today & reminds us of what love & family should look like. 💗
It’s really awesome to see how supportive and present Demi is with Bruce and his wife.
She still thinks she is the wife and is constantly butting in.
I appreciate her sharing her sadness and how hard it is as it would be for anyone. But when people of great wealth with tons of support don't acknowledge that people who can't get medical care and emotional support are dealing with the same thing, I just kind of cringe a little . This is so hard for them and it's sad and I love Bruces work and he's a great actor and has done so well in this world. Also, he is getting the best care money can buy and is surrounded by a huge amount of love and support. I know of people who have none of that. So please remember those who have nothing and are suffering from this disease.
I traveled this road with my mom, same diagnosis and she was the same age as Bruce. It is a tough and heart wrenching journey but somehow you make it through. I will pray for you and your family and I hope it brings you some comfort to know you are not alone.
It’s hard to know BW is having these health issues however their beautifully combined family makes my heart happy ❤
I took care of my grandmother and grandfather when they had Alzheimers / dementia it wasn't easy it was heartbreaking but I do it a million times over again with no questions asked I swear on my life I would so to everybody out there who takes care of their grandparents or parents with this disease I love you stay strong I'm with you God bless you all I love you guys
So very lovely! I lived this with my husband. One day at a time. Life is so precious. Self-care is needed in this journey. The sadness, the tears, the joys, the memories... a beautiful story in the making!
It hurts my heart to see Bruce like this. You just never know what is going to happen to you down the road. 😢 I pray for his family strength to make it through this difficult time 🙏🏻💜
Hello Sandra how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
@Diego ClarkThis ain't a dating site grandpa
So, So sad to see him deteriorate as time passes by !!! Always loved him as an actor !!! Wishing strength to his entire family as things progress. ❤❤❤
What a sweet moment, warms my heart and spirit ❤
I pray for anyone no matter race, fame or social status, I truly pray and send lots of loves and strength to anyone living with a loved one who has any condition that deteriorates their body; because I’m sure is also really painful to see someone you love going through something like that ❤🙏🏻
So young for such a diagnosis.
Great actor! ❤️
❤ I feel for you and your family. My grands, aunt and mom all had different forms of dementia. I was caregiver for my aunt. Being in public was a challenge. Sensory overload. Hopefully people will hear and respect your space. You seem to have great family support which is so important as you take this journey.
Hello Di how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
Let's just send Bruce and his family all the love we can. 😘
Prayers for the Bruce Willis families. Huggs to his baby girls.
Bruce is amazing, have always loved him as a actor!! Will be in my prayers!
Don't worry about where I am going, what's happening to me.
Celebrate who I was.
There isn't anything you or I can do.
My 95 year old mother watched her younger brother and her two younger sisters lose themselves in to dementia in the last twenty years.
I think the helplessness is the worse.
Much empathy to the family, Going through a similar scenario. Stay in the present moment and enjoy being together while you can!
So glad she is there for him. It is such a hard thing to care for someone with dementia. 😢
I was sorry to hear about Bruce's diagnosis. Dementia & Alzheimer are terrible diseases. Emma Harding deserves our love and prayers because it is harder on her. Ask for help, accept support and take care of yourself. 💔
Happy Birthday Bruce. Happy times to all the family! May it be happy and as healthy as possible!
He’s very lucky to have all these strong women in his life ❤
When she said "I wasn't given a choice" hit me hard. My late mother, @ 78 developed Alzheimers that quickly progressed over the course of 1 year where she no longer knew that my sister & I were her children. That was the hardest aspect to accept. In a strange way, her developing metastatic uterine cancer at the same time was a sort of blessing, mostly for her in that she didn't fully grasp what was happening, even though she had been a geriatric RN for 30 years. She left us just as Covid vaccines were becoming available. My wish is that anyone reading thos and going through the same thing knows that you WILL find the strength, because you must.
Through sickness and health. The vows mean so much. Dementia takes from the person who has it and the family in so many ways. My grandmother had it. But she never forgot her closest family members names. She even remembered my vehicle. She's no longer with us. Now my aunt has it. My grandmother was my aunts mother. I thought we had lost my aunt about a month ago. She now has to take medication for seizures. This is something new. My grandmother symptoms were so different than my aunts.
I went through this twice in my family and yes ppl need to learn privacy and respect 💜
Yet here we all are watching this...
You are an amazing woman. My heart goes out to you and your family !!
Sad to hear about his diagnosis but good to see that he is surrounded by love... Praying for the wife; she is young... This must be so challenging for her...
I mean when a younger spouse chooses a much older person as a partner, there will be health challenges
We all love you, Bruce... You're always going to be a Die Hard because you're strong and loving. We know your family struggles longer but you'll always be in all hearts, because let's face it, you are Die Hard and so are your fans. We love you and your whole family. Take care of one another and live strong or Die Hard...but do it lovingly like your family.
Sending positive and healing blessings to him. One of my favorite actor Happy Birthday Bruce Willis.
Bruce Willis an absolute American treasure, greatest action star ever and looking at his new wife and his old showing the world how to come together. God Bless you all.
This is so sad!!! May everyone leave them alone during this extremely difficult time!!!❤
my dad was diagnosed with the same thing a year ago 64yr old just retired from union pacific railroad i feel for his family ive always been a die hard fan of bruce hes a hero to me just like my dad. Im sorry wish him and his family well.
God bless bruce and others who share this disease 🙏🏽❤️
Omg I still love this man illness or not he’s still a man of heart and a fantastic actor. ❤
Sending blessings to Bruce, I loved him in Moonlighting, absolutely loved that show and watched it because of him. Sending prayers, love and support to the Willis family.❤️🙏
The guy is and always will be a legend.
Who hasn't loved BW? He is one of our legends and deserves every good thing life can grant him ... ❤️
All I can say is good luck to these ladies. I have been caring for my mother who is suffering from Parkinson's and dementia for the past 6 years full time. I feel like I age 20 years in this past 6 years 😥
Awwww, I'm so happy he has a loving family there at his side esp with dementia.🥰 Love love this.💕 Missing his acting skills.😢
what makes me happy is that he created so much wealth along with Demi for them..and they are supporting him 1000% during his most needed time. !!!!GOD BLESS!
God bless him and all his family! ❤
My heart goes out to the Willis family
What a beautiful garden Bruce Willis planted in this world he is reaping so much love from his family friends and admiration from fans! I have been a fan since his Moonlighting days. Wishing him and family strength for this journey.
I have some much love and respect for this family. Bruce we love you. ♥️
God bless Bruce Willis and his entire family. He is still a bad ass and what a great actor he is. Many movies that he was a part of, would be nothing without him. He is my roll model. I pray your disease to completely go away my friend. Hang in there Bruce.
Happy Birthday to a great man and an iconic actor!! I have never seen BW in a bad movie!!! Love and prayers from NC!!! 💚
We all appreciate and love the impact Bruce Willis has and continues to have on this world. Thank you BW!
Just like in "Death becomes her" he is such a lovable guy. Cherished by family friends and fans.
God bless him. He's one of a kind!
Bruce Willis, and all of you guys and gals, have given us so much good quality, fun entertainment for so many years, and the public thanks you from our the bottom of our hearts. Happy Birthday to you, Bruce Willis, Happy Birthday! May God bless you all!
Thank you, Bruce. For all that you have given us. Happy Birthday!
I LOVE this guy ...he's so talented. I pray to God for his wonderful wife as she helps him up to the end.
What a great family. ❤️
Bruce will always be one of my favorite actors he has brought me so much happiness from his movies, and I hope he is able to truly enjoy retirement he has earned it
It’s good to see he has a loving support network of family and friends. I’m not a Hollywood fan but in the end we all walk the same path and the final destination is the same. God bless you Mr. Willis.
Happy Belated Birthday Bruce !🎉 Thank you 💕 for all the entertainment you have worked so hard on making . You are an ICON !! And so very many people Love and care for you ! God Bless 🙏 you and your family .
Happy birthday Bruce. I’ve always enjoyed watching your movies. I was saddened by your diagnosis with this horrible situation. May GOD CONTINUE to BLESS YOU and your family THROUGH this Difficult time. And May GOD give you and your family the love and comfort you all need. And to Bruce’s wife try and Stay Strong And remember I know that even the caregiver suffers as well. May GOD Keep You And Watch over you as well. In these times of Hardship. May GOD 🙏🙏 BLESS All OF You . And protect you all. And pour his Love and GLORY on You.
Hello June how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
He may not have been the best guy but nobody deserves to go out the way he will. I’m thankful he has LOTS of family by his side.
The disease is insidious and difficult (to say the least) for loved ones to handle but having the suffer go through it alone is MUCH, MUCH worse.
I watched as a long time friend of 35 years and highly decorated veteran do just that and it made me sick every day to see him struggling alone and scared.
There is much peace at the end for those who stay behind but it takes a lot of time to get past the sadness!! My wish for your family is that you plan for and allow yourselves that time!!
Meanwhile, make as many happy memories as you possibly can with him but also remember to give him quality alone time too so he has a chance to have a personal conversation with God while he still has the ability to do so.
I don’t know what your religion is but whatever it may be, ask him often if he wants to talk to a Rabbi, Priest, Vicar or any other spiritual leader so he can have the opportunity to ask any personal questions he may have. An informed soul is a restful soul and once at rest, it can easily and quickly move forward to its rightful destination.
Best Wishes to you!!
BW was / is one of my favourite actors
The combo of action with humor is what i really love in his movies
So nice that he has such a loving family
Having worked in Healthcare for three decades I've seen dementia and have seen my paternal grandmother suffer with it.
Genuinely upset by the news of Bruce's diagnosis.
I'm old enough to have first become a fan of his from his days in 'Moonlighting.'
Wishing him and all the family, past & present, all the best for the future.
Cherish every moment.
You never know how strong you are till strong is all you have to be.♥️
Bruce is one of my favorites, I’m so happy he has all his family supporting him & they love him so much, & with all of that, he’ll be just fine!!! Happy belated Birthday, B. W. 🎉😊🎈🥳
I’ve always been a huge fan of Bruce Willis and is in my prayers.
You don't have a choice, she's right, you just go to it. God bless them all with their love and support!!! 🙏🙏🙏
Hello Betty how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
Interesting how others say to Bruce's wife, Emma, "How do you do it?"
It's called, dedication, and forwarding the kindness that her spouse, showed to her, all the years before this happened! Remember those vows, "for better or worse." Besides, I am sure she has help!
This one hits deeply ! 😢
He needs to get a lifetime achievement award right now for all these many movies!!!
Bruce Willis is the best, what a great actor, but we all get sick and that's the road to getting older. Love him always.
Life is cruel, good guys like Bruce Willis suffer at a relatively young age compared to some people who did bad in their lives who live long.
What a beautiful family ❤
Poor Bruce and family! Bruce looks like he is moving quite well in the vid! Yay! Happy Birthday and many more to a great actor and I think a nice guy!
Hello Lisa how are you doing I hope 🤞 you are enjoying your day 😊…
It's enduring that BW has such a loving and gracious wife by his side. Plus, his ex DM being there to celebrate with him. I just loved all of his movies and natural way on the screen.
Gosh I didn't know he had dementia. That's hard. But he is so very loved!
Bruce has great taste in women. Demi may not have been perfect but when you have an ex and current wife work together for the family, you know you've chosen well. If only more women could treat eachother with this level of respect.
He'll be fine as far as getting the best care possible, and his family doesn't have to worry about loss of income/home/medical bills. Why? He's got something that most who are diagnosed with the same thing don't have: oodles and oodles of money. What he's been diagnosed with is horrible, but he's in a vastly better situation than 99% of those diagnosed with the same thing. Regardless, it's horrible that anyone has dementia, more so frontotemporal dementia.
Be strong, this is a brutal disease, different episodes, different stages my heart goes out to you
God bless you in your journey. I recently lost my Mother to this brutal disease.
WHEN YOUR PARTNER GETS SICK THAT'S WHEN YOU SEE THE REAL LOVE IF IT'S THERE
Nothing beats family that love each other together, together they can stay strong for BW! I just adore this man...I grew up watching his movies and enjoy each and every one of them...Happy Belated birthday BW🎉🎉🎉🎉❤😊
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