Bruce Willis, the celebrated Hollywood actor, celebrated his 68th birthday with his family who shared moments from the festivities on social media.
In a heartwarming video posted on Instagram by his ex-wife Demi Moore, the Willis family can be seen singing “Happy Birthday” to the movie icon.
Willis, who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia last month, can be heard speaking with his family as he joined in the celebration.
The Ghost star expressed her love for the family and gratitude for the love and warm wishes they have received in a caption accompanying the post.
Last month, the Willis family announced the actor’s diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a condition that affects the lobes of the brain behind the forehead.
The disease is known to cause personality changes, obsessive behavior, and speaking difficulties. Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore, and five daughters posted a statement on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website expressing their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received since Bruce’s diagnosis was made public. They also expressed their hope that sharing the news will raise awareness about FTD.
The family statement revealed that since Bruce’s original diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, his condition has progressed, and they now have a more specific diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia.
Although challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease, the family was relieved to finally have a clear diagnosis. The announcement came almost a year after Bruce retired due to his aphasia diagnosis.
On his birthday, Emma Heming Willis also shared a touching tribute to her husband. In an Instagram post, she expressed her love for him and spoke about the difficulty of a day like someone’s birthday while they are struggling with dementia. She asked her followers to keep her husband in their prayers and highest vibrations and thanked them for loving and caring for him.
Bruce Willis is an icon in Hollywood, known for his roles in Die Hard and other hit movies. The news of his diagnosis has shocked fans, and many have expressed their support for the actor and his family.
The Willis family’s decision to go public with the diagnosis has also been praised for raising awareness about the disease. As there is no known cure for frontotemporal dementia, the family’s hope is that sharing their experience will help others who may be going through a similar situation. In the words of the family statement, “We hope that sharing our journey will help others who may be going through similar experiences or learn more about this condition.”