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20th Mar 2023

Bruce Willis celebrates his 68th birthday following dementia diagnosis

Simon Kelly

Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore posted some lovely scenes celebrating the actor’s birthday.

Heart-warming videos of Bruce Willis celebrating his 68th birthday with friends and family were posted to Instagram weeks after it was announced the actor had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

The Pulp Fiction star’s family announced he was stepping away from acting after being diagnosed in March 2022 with aphasia, a condition affecting the brain which causes difficulty with language and speech.

Willis’ family – his current wife, Emma Heming Willis, and his former wife Demi Moore, as well as his children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn – shared an update earlier this year on the progression of his condition, revealing that Bruce now has a more “specific diagnosis” of frontotemporal dementia, also known as FTD.

Moore, who shares three daughters with Willis, posted a video this week on her Instagram showing the family singing Happy Birthday to the actor. She wrote on the post:

“Happy birthday, BW! So glad we could celebrate you today. Love you and love our family. Thank you to everyone for the love and warm wishes – we all feel them.”

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Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis also shared a video on Instagram where she spoke to the camera sharing her feelings of “grief and sadness.”

“Today is one of those days of feeling the grief and sadness. But the silver lining or the flip side is that I’m so lucky to feel your warmth and love that is directed to my husband and our family. I see your messages, your stories that you share, and all I can say is thank you. Your connection helps me and I hope it helps you in a small way to know that I see you and I deeply understand your journey as well.”

Willis and Harding, who share two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn, married in 2009. Willis and Moore separated in 2000, but still remain on good terms.

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