Bruce Willis’ family is feeling a lot of emotions on his first birthday since his frontotemporal dementia diagnosis.
The actor is celebrating his 68th birthday on Sunday. And while this should be a special and happy occasion, his wife, Emma Heming, got real on Instagram about feeling “grief” and “sadness” on this day due to his dementia diagnosis. She said in the emotional video:
“Today is my husband’s birthday. I have started the morning by crying as you can see by my swollen eyes and snotty nose. I just think it’s important that you see all sides of this. I always get this message or people always tell me, ‘Oh, you’re so strong. I don’t know how you do it.’ I’m not given a choice. I wish I was, but I’m also raising two kids in this.”
“Sometimes in our lives, we have to put our big girl panties on and get to it. And that’s what I’m doing. But I do have times of sadness, every day, grief every day, and I’m really feeling it today on his birthday.”
The 44-year-old model went on to note that making a birthday tribute video for Bruce felt “like a knife in my heart,” but she noted, “as much as I do it for myself I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband.” After pausing to tell herself not to “cry,” she concluded the video by saying:
“But it means so much to me, so thank you.”
Our heart just breaks for Emma and their family. You can watch the video and her birthday tribute (below):
Emma wasn’t the only family member reflecting on how difficult today has been. His 31-year-old daughter Scout Willis took to Instagram to mark the Die Hard star’s birthday. Sharing a throwback picture of them, she wrote in the caption:
“It’s his birthday so send all of your love, tenderness, care and prayer his way for a moment! Happy birthday to one of my best friends, the Pisces king, the master of duality, both action hero icon and gentle girl dad. What a privilege to have this man as my father and learn so much about life, joy, mischief and art through him.”
She then noted how it’s not “an easy day” for her, explaining:
“Today is not necessarily an easy day, because it’s a day full of so deep love, and our grief really does show us the depth of our loving for someone. So I’m trying to be with both today. Grief is a price I’ll always pay to know what it is to feel such love. I’m sending my love to anyone who has ever felt the capacity stretched by the enormity of love and humanness of grief. I love you.”
Tallulah Willis also wrote on Insta alongside several pics of her dad:
“happy birthday to my numero uno Bruno !! feeling awash with all the good energies and love headed this Willis way! I love him and he loves me – what a delight!”
We sending the Willis family so much love, and we hope Bruce has the best birthday today.
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