Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, has shared a heartwarming old photo of the actor laughing, as she remembers happier times amid his ongoing battle with dementia.
The model posted the touching picture on her Instagram story from the night they celebrated Bruce’s 60th birthday, with the caption “BEE DUB’s 60th.”
Emma fondly recalled the special occasion, writing: “Love memory lane pictures. This was a fun-filled night for Bruce’s 60th back in 2015. And side note, what a babe.”
This comes as Bruce’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, recently spoke about the family’s struggle as his condition worsens.
Demi, who remains close to Bruce and Emma, encouraged families dealing with dementia to “let go of” the person their loved one used to be, to help ease their suffering.
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When asked what advice she would give to those caring for family members with dementia, Demi responded: “I think the most important thing I could share is just to meet them where they’re at.
“When you let go of who they’ve been or who you think they [should be], or who even you would like them to be, you can then really stay in the present and take in the joy and the love that is present and there for all that they are, not all that they’re not.”
Meanwhile, Glen Gordon Caron, a friend of Bruce and creator of his hit 1980s comedy series Moonlighting, shared his experiences visiting the actor.
Speaking to the New York Post, he said: “My sense is the first one to three minutes he knows who I am he’s not totally verbal.”
“He used to be a voracious reader – he didn’t want anyone to know that – and he’s not reading now, all those language skills are no longer available to him, and yet he’s still Bruce.
“When you’re with him you know that he’s Bruce and you’re grateful that he’s there, but the joie de vivre is gone.”
Glen expressed it as “mind-blowing” how much Bruce has changed, adding that he “loved life and… just adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest.”