The actor's family is currently going through difficult times due to his health complications.
Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming Willis said worrying about her family has "taken a toll on my mental health" after the actor announced that he would not be acting anymore, due to a diagnosis of aphasia, reported INSIDER. In March, Willis's daughter with ex-wife Demi Moore, Rumer Willis, took to Instagram to explain that the language and communication disorder was "impacting his cognitive abilities." The post was signed by his whole family, including Moore.
During Heming Willis' recent interview with The Bump, she said that she has "struggled" to make time for self-care. “I struggle with making the time for self-care every day. I put my family's needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero. That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health, and it served no one in my family," she said. "Someone told me not long ago that when you over-care for someone, you end up under-caring for yourself. That stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me.”
“I don't mother myself perfectly, but I know that I have some basic baseline needs that are a must, like first and foremost, exercise,” Heming Willis continued. "It's a time I can disconnect and can do something that I know makes me feel good overall. I think it's important to find that one thing that makes you feel good and build from there."
Willis, 67, and Heming Willis, 43, share two daughters, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, who, she said, bring “so much love, laughter, and life into [their] home." She added: “For us as a family, it's always been about making memories. I'm not even sure we have rituals or traditions. We just love spending time with each other, and we know that time is precious, and I don't take that for granted."
Clearly finding it “hard” to watch her partner's decline, the family — which includes Willis's ex-wife, actress Demi Moore, and their three daughters — is planning to “live it up” united as a “strong family unit”. Although aphasia typically strikes immediately as a result of sudden brain injury, there are cases where damage to the brain occurs gradually over time, similar to dementia or a brain tumor. The NHS explains that symptoms of aphasia differ for every individual, with some only getting a few words mixed up, to others having difficulty with all forms of communication. Although there has been little information released about Willis specifically, it can only be assumed that the star is not only having trouble speaking but also reading, writing, and perhaps listening.