Bruce Willis’ daughter Tallulah has spoken out about her father’s battle with dementia after sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram on Wednesday.
Last year, the Die Hard star retired from showbiz due to his battle with cerebral aphasia, which causes the sufferer’s language abilities to deteriorate.
And it has now been revealed the 68-year-old is losing his “joie de vivre” and “language skills” after developing frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in March.
Tallulah, 29, posted a selection of photos of her and her dad in sweet snaps as she beamed with her dad’s arm around her as they snuggled up together on a sofa.
The actress captioned the post: ‘Damn these pics hit the spot tonight. You are my whole heart and I’m so proud to be your Tallulah Belle Bruce Willis.’
‘You are my whole heart’: Bruce Willis’ daughter Tallulah, 29, shared a series of emotional snaps with her dad amid his battle with dementia
Tragic: Last year, the Die Hard star retired from showbiz due to his battle with a brain disease called “aphasia,” which causes the patient’s language abilities to deteriorate.
Tallulah also shared a photo of her driver’s license, revealing that “Bruce” is also one of her middle names, giving her an even closer connection to her father.
In another snap, the star shared a photo of Bruce in his youth as he beamed while taking to the stage in a pair of dark sunglasses and a fez hat.
Fans and friends rushed to send their support to the star by sending their love in the comments.
While many wrote a simple love heart emoji, friend and actress Kate Beckinsale wrote: “Together I will always be here for you.”
It comes after Bruce’s wife Emma Hemming opened up about her guilt over having resources others don’t amid her legendary actor husband’s battle with dementia.
The 45-year-old said she was a support system for her other half and revealed that although the process was difficult, she was able to find herself with a much more positive attitude as her husband lives with dementia frontotemporal (FTD). ).
The British-American model penned a powerful opinion piece for Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper in which she got candid, writing: “I struggle with guilt, knowing that I have resources that others do not don’t have.
“When I can go out for a hike to clear my head, it’s not lost on me that not all care partners can do that. When what I share about our family’s journey gets press attention, I know there are thousands of untold and untold stories, each of which deserves compassion and concern.
Throwback: In another snap, the star shared a photo of Bruce in his youth as he beamed as he took to the stage in a pair of dark sunglasses and a fez hat.
Strong connection: Tallulah also shared a photo of her driver’s license, revealing that “Bruce” is also one of her middle names, giving her an even closer connection to her father.
Support: Fans and friends rushed to send their support to the star by sending her their love in the comments, including a sweet comment from her friend and actress Kate Beckinsale.
Support system: Emma Heming, 45, recently opened up about feeling guilty about having access to resources others don’t amid the legendary actor’s health battle (pictured of August 2010).
Openness: Tallulah recently revealed why her family has been very open about her father’s “aggressive” dementia diagnosis, while also providing an update on the retired actor’s health.
Update: Drew Barrymore asked the actress what “state” Bruce is currently in, and Tallulah replied, “He’s the same… what I think, in that regard, I’ve learned is the best thing you could ask for.” ‘
Emma went on to explain that it’s a bit of a double-edged sword because even though it weighs heavily on her conscience, she knows that being so open about the struggles can help others.
She continued: “At the same time, I see that what I share matters to others who may be struggling and, to some extent, allows them to feel seen and understood. I want people to know that when I hear about another family affected by FTD, I hear our family’s same story of grief, loss, and immense sadness resonate in theirs.
“It’s important to me to advocate for families who don’t have the time, energy or resources to advocate for themselves.”
Tallulah also explained why her family chose to be very open about her father’s health.
Speaking on The Drew Barrymore Show earlier this month, Bruce and Demi Moore’s youngest daughter said: “Well, I think it’s twofold.”
“On one hand, it’s who we are as a family, but also, it’s very important for us to raise awareness of FTD…”
She added: “If we can take something that we struggle with as a family and individually, to help other people, transform it into something beautiful, that’s really special to us.”
“And part of what’s been a really beautiful way for me to heal from that situation is to become like an archaeologist with my dad’s stuff — his world — with his little trinkets and his dads,” Tallulah said.
The beauty also recalled how music is important to Bruce and played a big role in his childhood with his sisters.
“That’s also a big part of how I spend time with him now, playing music and just sitting in that energy of love. It’s really special.