Tallulah Willis claimed that her father’s health had been deteriorating for a while.
Tallulah Willis asserts that even after receiving a frontotemporal dementia diagnosis, her father, Bruce Willis, can still recognize her.
After his family initially disclosed that he had suffered from aphasia in 2022, Bruce, 68, was initially identified as having aphasia until Tallulah, 29, wrote a first-person essay describing him. Bruce was later diagnosed with FTD, a degenerative brain disease, in February.
I’ve known there was a problem for a very long time, she wrote. Saying, “Speak up! Die Hard damaged Dad’s ears,” the family attributed the initial hazy inresponsiveness to Hollywood’s hearing loss. ”.
Later, that lack of responsiveness grew, and Tallulah continued, “I sometimes took it personally. It was challenging to remain neutral about the silence. After having two children with my stepmother, Emma Heming Willis, I thought he had grown distant from me.”.
“Though this couldn’t have been further from the truth, my adolescent brain tortured me with some faulty math: I’m not pretty enough for my mother, I’m not intriguing enough for my father,” she continued, referring to her mother Demi Moore.”.
Tallulah admitted that, despite her own struggles, she reacted to her father’s deteriorating health by exercising “avoidance and denial”. After receiving therapy for her eating disorder and receiving a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, she asserted that she was now better able to face reality.
Tallulah said, “I now have the tools to be present in all aspects of my life, especially in my relationship with my dad.
Recovery is likely to be a lifetime process.”.
I can offer him a sunny, bright spirit no matter where I’ve been, she said. “In the past, I feared that melancholy would consume me, but at last, I feel like I can count on myself to be there. ”.
“I can cherish that moment, hold my dad’s hand, and feel it’s amazing,” Tallulah continued. ”.
The mother of Demi Moore, an actress, acknowledged that she constantly takes “tons of photos” of the surroundings at her father’s house. ”.
“I’m like an archaeologist, searching for treasure in things I never used to pay attention to,” Tallulah remarked. I have a hard drive with all of his voicemails. I understand that I’m trying to document everything so that I have a record for the day he’s gone to remind me of him and us. ”.
My father is now always on the first floor of the house, either in his office or anywhere in the spacious open layout of the kitchen, dining, and living area. Thankfully, his dementia hasn’t interfered with his mobility,” she added.
He was still thinking about her, Tallulah continued. He still acknowledges me and smiles when I enter the room, she said. ”.
Tallulah claimed in an interview that she constantly switches between the present and the past when describing Bruce. “He is, he was, he is, he was,” she said. ”.
She said, “That’s because I’m so unwilling to give up on my hopes for my father. I’ve always recognized elements of his character in mine, and I have no doubt that we would get along great if we had more time. ”.
He was cool, endearing, slick, trendy, lovely, and a little off-putting, so I embrace him in all of him. He gave me those genes,” Tallulah continued.
She claimed that because of the scarcity mentality he had acquired from his upbringing in New Jersey, her father would abuse the life he had created for himself. She said, “He loved to take pleasure in the life he had made for himself. He was unfavorable. When we went to a restaurant, he occasionally ordered one of everything on the menu to try it all.”.
In order to help the actor “live as full a life as possible,” his family, which includes wife Emma, their children Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9, as well as Moore, 60, and their children Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, have come together. ”.
“Keeping Bruce active is the main goal. He has daily activities on his busy schedule. They make sure he exercises both his body and mind, a source added at the time.