Bruce Willis has had a difficult time over the last few years after receiving a devastating health diagnosis.
But it seems a recent family announcement has given him a new will to live.
And it’s all to do with his children.
Now, Willis’s personal life is rarely out of the headlines these days…
And there’s certainly a reason why!
He’s got quite a big family, some might say.
The Die Hard actor shares 3 children with ex-wife Demi Moore – thirty-two-year-old Rumer, twenty-nine-year-old Scout, and twenty-seven-year-old Tallulah.
He is currently married to Emma Heming Willis…
And they share 2 daughters together – 8-year-old Mabel and 6-year-old Evelyn.
Now, people have always admired Bruce Willis and Demi Moore for their lack of drama and conflict over the years…
And unlike many divorced couples, Moore and Willis have co-parented their kids wonderfully with very minimal drama.
But in 2020…
The divorced pair did something rather unlikely together.
Millions were quarantining themselves in their homes due to the global pandemic…
And with the lockdown not excluding the rich and famous, Demi also had to quarantine… With her ex-husband.
Alongside quarantining with her 3 daughters and their partners in the summer of 2020…
Willis decided to stay with them — forming one big, happy family.
It was, of course, refreshing to see a divorced couple maintaining such a strong and healthy friendship…
And from the looks on everyone’s faces, it formed an incredibly happy family environment.
However, there was one thing on everyone’s mind…
What did Willis’ current wife, Emma Hemming Willis, think of this?
It can’t have been easy having your husband choose to quarantine with an ex…
But amazingly so, she took to Instagram to comment on the family photo, saying: “Not many can pull that color off! Lookin’ good squad.”
And it didn’t take long for Demi to weigh in on the unconventional setup.
The actress opened up to her friend, Naomi Campbell on her YouTube series, No Filter with Naomi, about spending the early part of her quarantine in Idaho with her ex-husband, their 3 daughters, and later Willis’ 2 younger daughters and his current wife, Emma.
”There’s been a lot of challenges and a lot of tragedy with the pandemic, but I also think there’s been a lot of gifts and blessings.”
She then continued: “I personally feel like I was really grateful for things slowing down and the time that we had. It worked out that Bruce came and spent time with us and then his current wife and their small daughters joined a little bit later when the kids were finished with school.”
“It was really a blessing,” she said of the experience.
“It’s everything that’s come forward has allowed us to reevaluate what’s important and what needs attention that has been overlooked and neglected. It was amazing.”
Emma didn’t seem to have an issue at all…
Showing how much trust and love she has for her husband!
Willis and Emma clearly have a very strong and healthy marriage…
And their 2 young daughters seem so happy with their loving family life.
But in more recent times…
Heartbreaking news has fallen on the family, that has caused Willis to step back from acting.
Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a brain condition that prevents cognitive abilities from working as they should.
It is usually lessened with speech therapy, however, “although most people make significant progress, few people regain full pre-injury communication levels,” the organization says.
Willis’ family gave a statement about the news on social media…
Writing in an Instagram post, they said: “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion, and support,” it continued.
“We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”
They concluded: “As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”
Since the news of Willis’ health went viral, many celebrities have spoken out with words of support after finding out about his diagnosis…
John Travolta, who worked alongside Willis in Pulp Fiction shared a heartwarming tribute to the star.
Travolta called Willis a “generous soul” in his Instagram post.
“Bruce and I became good friends when we shared 2 of our biggest hits together, Pulp Fiction and Look Who’s Talking,” John began. “Years later he said to me, ‘John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you I feel like it’s happening to me.’ That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you, Bruce.”
As we know, Willis has been known for many incredible movies over the years, and as popular as Pulp Fiction is, he is most recognizable as Detective John McClane in Die Hard.
McClane in Die Hard is what shot Willis into stardom, after this he went on to act in such films as The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, and Sin City.
Despite being typecast as a Hollywood hard man, Willis also gained a Golden Globe for his role as a private detective in
Sadly, his medical condition has meant he has had to step away from acting.
However, it looks like there is a future for Willis’ career…
He has reportedly sold the rights to his digital twin, which will allow him to appear in movies without him actually having to be on set.
“I liked the precision with which my character turned out. It’s a mini-movie in my usual action-comedy genre.
“For me, it is a great opportunity to go back in time. With the advent of modern technology, even when I was on another continent, I was able to communicate, work and participate in the filming,” he said in a statement.
“It’s a very new and interesting experience, and I thank our entire team,” Willis added.
However, some are worried about the way this new technology could change the acting world.
“Is he in his right mind to even agree to this? Last I heard, his illness messes with his comprehension too. I just hope he actually agreed to do this and no one is trying to take advantage of him,” one person wrote.
More recently, Willis’ family has offered a heartbreaking health update.
“They know he won’t be around forever,” the insider told Radar Online.
“So they’re cherishing every single moment.”
“Bruce can’t say much, and it doesn’t seem like he’s grasping much of what others say,” the insider continued.
“There are days when they see glimpses of the old Bruce, but they are brief and far between.
“It seems he’s slipping further away from them, and it breaks their heart.
“The girls can’t imagine Christmas without Bruce.
“It’s been painful to see him deteriorate. The older girls miss the old Bruce.”
We hope the family can enjoy the holidays together.
Following his diagnosis, Bruce and his family have certainly been through some ups and downs.
But it seems he’s trying all he can to hold himself together for his family.
And after discovering he’s going to be a grandfather, a source shared that he has found a new will to live…
His daughter Rumer Willis recently announced that she and her boyfriend Derek Richard Thomas are expecting a baby.
Following the news, a source told Radar Online that “he’s determined to stay coherent and lucid for as long as possible.”
They continued that he wants his “grandchild [to] have some happy memories of a grandfather who was present and active in his or her life.”
But it all comes down to time: “Bruce has never backed away from a challenge. He’s dead-set that this new baby is going to get the best he has to offer,” the added.
Our thoughts go out to his family.