Bruce Willis’ daughter Tallulah has opened up about her father’s dementia battle after she shared a heartfelt post on Instagram on Wednesday.
Last year the Die Hard star withdrew from showbiz amid his battle with the brain condition ‘aphasia,’ which causes the patient’s language abilities to deteriorate.
And it has now been revealed that the 68-year-old is losing his ‘joie de vivre’ and ‘language skills’ after developing frontotemporal dementia (FTD) back in March.
Tallulah, 29, posted a selection of pictures of her and her father in the sweet snaps as she beams with her father’s arm around her as they cosy up together on a sofa chair.
The actress captioned the post: ‘Damn, these photos are hitting tonight. Youre my whole damn heart and I’m so proud to be your Tallulah Belle Bruce Willis.’
Tallulah also shared a picture of her driving license, revealing that ‘Bruce’ is also one of her middle names, giving her an even closer bond to her father.
In another snap, the star shared a photo of Bruce in his younger days as he beamed while taking to the stage in a pair of dark shades and fez hat.
Fans and friends rushed to send their support to the star as they sent their love in the comments.
While many penned a simple love heart emoji, friend and actress Kate Beckinsale wrote: ‘In it together I will always be here for you.’
It comes after Bruce’s wife Emma Hemming opened up about struggling with guilt over having resources that others don’t amid her legendary actor husband’s battle with dementia.
The 45-year-old opened up about being the support system to her other half and revealed that even though the process has been tough, she has been able to find herself having a much more positive outlook as her husband lives with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
The British and American model penned a powerful op-ed for Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper as she got candid while writing: ‘I struggle with guilt, knowing that I have resources that others don’t.
‘When I’m able to get 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 that there are many thousands of untold, unheard stories, each of them deserving of compassion and concern.’
Emma went on to explain that it is a bit of a double-edged sword as even if 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 in a small way makes them feel seen and understood. I want people to know that when I hear from another family affected by FTD, I hear our family’s same story of grief, loss, and immense sadness echoed in theirs.
‘It’s important to me to be an advocate on behalf of those families who don’t have the time, energy, or resources to advocate for themselves.’
Tallulah has also discussed why her family has chosen to be very open with her father’s health.
Speaking on The Drew Barrymore Show earlier this month, the youngest daughter of Bruce and Demi Moore stated, ‘Well, I think it’s twofold.’
‘On one hand, it’s who we are as a family, but also, it’s really important for us to spread awareness about FTD…’
She added, ‘If we can take something that we’re struggling with as a family, and individually, to help other people, to turn it around to make something beautiful about it, that’s really special for us.’
‘And part of what’s been a really beautiful way for me to heal through this is becoming like an archeologist to my dad’s stuff – his world – to his little trinkets and doo-dads,’ Tallulah stated.
The beauty also recalled how music is important to Bruce and was a big part of growing up with her sisters.
‘It’s a huge part of also how I spent time with him now, is playing music and just kind of sitting in this energy of love. It’s really special.’