The Pulp Fiction actor, who was diagnosed with dementia earlier this year, celebrated his 68th birthday on March 19.
Bruce Willis is ringing in another year with his loved ones.
The “Die Hard” and “Pulp Fiction” icon celebrated his 68th birthday on March 19. Willis was diagnosed with aphasia in March 2022 and announced his retirement from acting. His family announced his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia almost a year later, in February 2023.
“Happy birthday BW! I’m so glad we got to celebrate you today,” Willis’ ex-wife Moore wrote in an Instagram video celebrating his birthday. “I love you and love our family. Thank you all for the love and warm wishes – we all feel them.”
Willis’ wife, Emma Willis, ex-wife Moore, and daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn Willis were all present to sing Willis “Happy Birthday,” which was followed by multiple cheers of “hip, hip, hooray !”
Emma recently took to social media to talk about asking photographers and paparazzi to leave their family alone in public.
“If you care for someone with dementia, you know how difficult and stressful it can be to bring someone into the world and navigate them safely, even just for a cup of coffee,” she said in a video. . “Obviously, a lot of education is still needed. So this is for the photographers and videographers trying to get my husband’s exclusive creations out there. Just stay put.”
Emma added: “I know it’s your business, but maybe just stay where you are… Please don’t yell at my husband and ask how he’s doing, no matter what. Woo-hooing and yippee-ki-yay – just don’t do it. Give him space. Let’s allow our family or whoever is with him that day to get him from point A to point B safely. This is my PSA.”
In a joint statement, the family thanked fans for the “love and compassion” they have shown Willis since the diagnosis was made public.
“His generosity of spirit was overwhelming and we are extremely grateful,” the Willis family said. “Since announcing Bruce’s aphasia diagnosis in the spring of 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD). Unfortunately, communication challenges are only one symptom of the illness Bruce is facing. Although it is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”
John Travolta, M. Night Shyamalan, Haley Joel Osment and Sylvester Stallone were among Willis’ former collaborators who shared their respect for the “Sixth Sense” star.
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