Demi Moore, now openly addressing former husband Bruce Willis' dementia diagnosis

“I think given the givens, he’s doing very well. What I’ll share is what I say to my children, which is, it’s important to just meet them [people with dementia] where they’re at and not hold on to what isn’t, but what is. Because there’s great beauty and sweetness and loving and joy out of that."—Demi Moore

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“I think given the givens, he’s doing very well. What I’ll share is what I say to my children, which is, it’s important to just meet them [people with dementia] where they’re at and not hold on to what isn’t, but what is. Because there’s great beauty and sweetness and loving and joy out of that."—Demi Moore

Demi Moore is finally speaking out about ex-husband Bruce Willis’ dementia diagnosis.

The family first revealed the 68-year old Die Hard star was suffering from aphasia in 2022, and shared that his condition had worsened to frontotemporal dementia by 2023.

Moore, who was married to Bruce from 1987 to 2000, has been part of Willis’ support system, alongside their daughters Rumer, 35, Scout, 32, and Tallulah, 29, as well as Bruce’s wife Emma Heming and their daughters Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9.

 

During an interview with Good Morning America, promoting her new show Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, the 61-year old actress shared her feelings about Bruce’s condition.

“I think given the givens, he’s doing very well. What I’ll share is what I say to my children, which is, it’s important to just meet them where they’re at and not hold on to what isn’t, but what is. Because there’s great beauty and sweetness and loving and joy out of that."

Demi was also a guest on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show Radio Andy and was asked: “What message do you have for people out there who have family members who have dementia? Who are maybe caring for them or in their lives?”

Demi said: “I think the most important thing I could share is just to meet them where they’re at. When you let go of who they’ve been or who you think they should be, or who even you would like them to be, you can then really stay in the present and take in the joy and the love that is present and there for all that they are, not all that they’re not.”

The former couple have continued to amicably share family experiences over the years. Willis has been married for more than 16 years to Emma Heming Willis, with whom he shares two young daughters.

A source from Us Weekly gave an update on Bruce’s condition.

“Bruce has good days and bad days, but in the last two months, there are many more bad days than good.

“This experience has brought the whole family even closer together. No one knows how much time Bruce has left, so they’re soaking up every moment they get with him.

“Once Bruce was diagnosed, everyone came together to keep his memory of the family intact and to be there as a constant reminder they love him. Everything revolves around him.”

In 2020 as the pandemic hit, Willis and Moore isolated with their children in the Idaho home they had once shared as a family.

“It worked out that Bruce came and spent time with us. It was really a blessing. 

“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,” Moore said in 2021.

Demi said her adult daughters “love their little sisters” from Emma.

“Our family, regardless of what the shape of it is, it’s important to keep together and for the little ones to feel comfortable with me, and to know me so they also know their sisters better. It was really sweet and we did have some silly times for sure.”

The blended family has also offered few insights into how Willis is doing as his health deteriorates.

Last year, Emma said it was hard to tell if the former actor was aware of his condition.

“Dementia is hard … it’s hard on the person diagnosed, it’s also hard on the family. And that is no different for Bruce, or myself, or our girls. When they say this is a family disease, it really is,” says Emma in an interview with US Today.

 

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