Emma Heming, wife of Bruce Willis, was in tears when she celebrated her husband’s 68th birthday with an emotional message a month after he was diagnosed with dementia.
In a video posted to her account on Sunday, Emma described feeling particularly sad as it marked another year around the sun.
Emma, 44, got emotional when she described making a reel for her husband — and calling watching his videos “a knife in my heart.”
It started “Today is my husband’s birthday”. I started the morning crying. As you can see by my swollen eyes and nosebleeds, I think it’s important that you see all sides of this.
I always get this message or people always say to me like, “Oh you’re so strong, I don’t know how you do that.” I have no choice. I wish I was. But I’m also raising two kids on this one.
‘I really feel him on his birthday’: Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming was in tears when she celebrated her husband’s 68th birthday with an emotional message several weeks after his devastating dementia diagnosis
So sometimes in our lives we have to put our big girl panties on and reach for them. And that’s what I do. But I have times of sadness every day. sadness every day. And I really feel for him today on his birthday.
She fought back tears in a second video describing the video she was working on to Bruce.
So I worked on this reel that I’m posting for my husband’s birthday. I don’t know why I do that because the videos are like a knife in my heart.
“But as much as I do it for myself I do it for you. Because I know how much you love my husband – and Emma don’t cry – but it means so much to me, thank you.”
Hours later, Emma shared the aforementioned reel, which was recorded by Stevie Wonder’s classic As.
In the caption, she wrote: “He is pure love. He is so lovable. And I will always love him. Happy birthday sweetie.”
The mother-of-two, who shares daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, continued with the actor, “I wish Bruce Ho’s birthday that you will continue to keep him in your prayers and highest shakes because his sensitive Pisces soul will.” I feel it.’
She closed the post in gratitude as she told her 684k followers, “Thank you so much for loving and caring about him too.”
Vulnerable: Emma got emotional when describing making a reel to her husband – and describing watching his videos as ‘a knife in my heart’
Tribute: Emma shared a reel dedicated to her husband, recorded with the classic Stevie Wonder song As
The montage was full of happy moments they had with their little girls, as well as the older Bruce kids.
The Die Hard also stars Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, 29, with ex-wife Demi Moore, whom he was married to from 1987 to 2000.
The recordings were ripe with intimate times shared on family beach vacations, birthday celebrations, and other highlights.
Earlier this month, Bruce’s family revealed that the actor has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) — less than a year after he retired from acting due to his battle with aphasia.
The Hollywood icon pulled out of acting last year as he began his battle with the illness that caused his language abilities to decline – and now his condition is progressing, according to a joint statement from his family.
FTD affects the lobes of the brain behind the frontal, which deal with behaviour, problem-solving, planning and emotions – with symptoms including personality changes, obsessive behavior and speaking difficulties.
“Our family wanted to begin by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis,” read the statement, from his wife Emma, ex-wife Demi, and five daughters.
“With that in mind, we wanted to give you an update on our beloved husband, father and friend as we now have a deeper understanding of what he is going through.
Flashback photos: The montage was full of happy moments they spent with their little girls, as well as Bruce’s older children
Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in the spring of 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (commonly known as FTD).
Unfortunately, communication challenges are only one symptom of the disease Bruce is facing. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.
FTD is a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and can affect anyone. For people younger than 60, FTD is the most common form of dementia, and because obtaining a diagnosis can take years, FTD is likely more prevalent than we know.
Today there are no cures for this disease, a fact that we hope will change in the coming years. As Bruce’s condition progresses, we hope that any media attention will focus on shedding light on this disease which needs more awareness and research.
Bruce has always believed in using his voice in the world to help others, and to raise awareness about important issues on both a public and private level.
We know in our hearts that – if he could today – he would want to respond by bringing global attention and bonding with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it affects so many individuals and their families.
Our family is just one family with a loved one who is experiencing detrimental stress from work, and we encourage others who are facing it to seek out the wealth of information and support available through the AFTD (theaftd, theaftd.org).
“And for those of you who have been fortunate enough not to have had any personal experience with FTD, we hope you will take the time to learn about it, and support the mission of AFTD in any way you can.”
Reflective: In a video posted to her account on Sunday, Emma described feeling particularly sad as her husband celebrated another year around the sun
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