Emma Heming Willis made a plea on Saturday for paparazzi chasing her husband, Bruce Willis, who was recently diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
In an effort to “raise awareness around dementia,” Heming Willis posted a video on Instagram asking photographers and videographers to stop yelling at the “Die Hard” star as he spends time in public with loved ones. Willis’ family revealed in February that the actor’s condition has “worsened” since being diagnosed with aphasia last spring – “just one symptom of the disease Bruce is dealing with”.
“This one goes out to the photographers and the video people trying to get my husband’s exclusive stuff out,” Heming Willis said in her Instagram post.
“Just keep your space. I know this is your job, but… please don’t yell at my husband and ask him how he’s doing or anything… just don’t do it, okay? Give him his space, let our family – or whoever is with him that day – be able to get him from point A to point B safely. That’s my PSA.”
Heming Willis’s comments were provoked by recent headlines and a video of her husband “drinking coffee with some friends who did stand-up work to protect him.”
“If you’re someone who cares for someone with dementia, you know how difficult and stressful it can be to get someone out into the world and navigate it safely,” said Heming Willis. “If only to get a cup of coffee.”
In March 2022, Willis’ family announced that the 67-year-old action star would be “throwing away” his acting career while living with aphasia, a neurological condition. that affects a person’s ability to understand and communicate with others. Last month, the family had “a more specific diagnosis” to share: FTD.
“Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others and raise awareness on important issues, both public and private,” the family said.
“We know in our hearts that – if he could today – he would like to respond by bringing global attention and connection to those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it affects so many individuals and their families.”