Bruce Willis’ wife Emma has called on the papparazzi to be nice to her ill husband when they spot the actor out in public.
Last month, Bruce Willis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. The actor was previously diagnosed with asphasia, which saw him retire from acting last year.
This sad news was confirmed in a statement signed by the Die Hard star’s family, including wife Emma Harding, ex wife Demi Moore, as well as children Scout, Mabel, Rumer, Tallulah, and Evelyn.
“Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD)”, the statement said.
“Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis”.
“out in the world safely”
Following this, Emma Willis has taken to Instagram to address the papparazzi and, appeal to their better nature.
”To other caregivers or dementia care specialist navigating this world… Any tips or advice on how to get your loved ones out in the world safely?”, she added as her caption on her Instagram reels.
“So this one is going out to the photographers and the video people that are trying to get those exclusives of my husband out and about: Just keep your space. I know this is your job, but maybe just keep your space”, Emma Willis urged
She continued, “For the video people, please don’t be yelling at my husband asking him how he’s doing or whatever — the ‘woohoo’-ing and the ‘yippee ki yays’… just don’t do it. OK? Give him his space. Allow for our family or whoever’s with him that day to be able to get him from point A to point B safely”.
The NHS have stated that frontotemporal dementia can lead to changes in somebody’s personality, behaviour, language, and movement.
Like other forms of dementiam, it affects that front and sides of the brain.