Bruce Willis’ wife Emma warns against having a ‘toxic’ attitude as he battles dementia



Bruce Willis’ wife, model Emma Heming Willis, is trying to stay positive amid his battle with dementia. 

On Tuesday, Emma, 45, posted a photo of a page from what appeared to be the book “Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer’s.” 

She drew attention to a passage that read: “People caring for a loved one with dementia tend to think that the patient is the important one, and they themselves are not as important. Not only does that make no sense, it’s a toxic attitude to have about yourself. Your health deserves attention too — both your physical health and your mental health.”

Emma circled the quote and wrote via Instagram story, “An important reminder from Lauren Sarner Patti Davis.” 

Davis, 71, is the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994 and died 10 years later, at age 93. 

Heming Willis’ post circling the passage. Instagram / @emmahemingwillis
Bruce and Emma Heming Willis. Getty Images for Film at Lincoln

Willis, 68, stepped back from acting in 2022, after being diagnosed with aphasia. In February 2023, his loved ones further revealed that his condition had worsened and that he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

“Moonlighting” creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who is still friends with Willis, told The Post in October that the actor is not “totally verbal.” 

Emma reportedly met Bruce at their mutual trainer’s gym in 2007, and they tied the knot two years later. They have two daughters together — Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9 — and she’s also the stepmother to Willis’ three daughters with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, 61: Rumer, 35, Scout, 32, and Tallulah, 29.

Willis with his family. Instagram/demimoore
Willis with Heming Willis in the photos she posted celebrating their anniversary. Emma Heming Willis/Instagram
The passage from Ronald Reagan’s daughter’s book that Emma posted on Instagram. Instagram / @emmahemingwillis

His family has rallied around him, including Moore — Willis’ family is reportedly all staying under one roof to support him during his health struggles. 

“Bruce has good days and bad days, but in the last two months, there are many more bad days than good,” a source recently told Us Weekly.

“This experience has brought the whole family even closer together. No one knows how much time Bruce has left, so they’re soaking up every moment they get with him.”

Willis with Rumer (left) and Heming Willis in photos his daughters shared. Instagram / Demi Moore
Rumer Willis (from left), Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Scout Willis, Emma Heming Willis and Tallulah Willis. Getty Images for goop

“Once Bruce was diagnosed, everyone came together to keep his memory of the family intact and to be there as a constant reminder [that they] love him. [Everything] revolves around him,” a second source said.

“Sadly, there’s this ticking clock connected to Bruce’s condition,” they added. “Everyone has come together for Bruce. They’re thankful they have each other.”

Last week, Emma celebrated her 16-year anniversary with Bruce, thanking their “inner circle” for support as the “Die Hard” actor deals with his condition. 

Willis’ family has rallied around him amid his dementia battle. Instagram/emmahemingwillis
Willis with his daughter Scout. Scoutlaruewillis/Instagram

“I receive countless messages of love and support because Bruce is so beloved. That showers on him and I am fortunate enough to stand below that to catch those sprinkles that yet, feel like a waterfall of kindness,” she posted.

“I wish I could answer all the messages because they are deep, raw and poetic but please know that I appreciate them so very much. It also makes me feel less alone.”



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