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Emma Heming reveals holidays and birthdays are ‘difficult’ amid Bruce Willis’ dementia diagnosis

Published: 2:52 p.m. PST, December 28, 2023

Emma Heming is celebrating And tears.

A day after commemorating her 16th wedding anniversary with Bruce Willisand celebrating the Christmas holiday this week, the former model had to shed a few tears.

On Thursday, Heming posted a video to Instagram, in which she revealed that she “cried” while on the phone with one of her girlfriends. In the clip, Heming — who has been Willis’ primary caregiver since her diagnosis with frontotemporal dementia — spoke candidly about the emotions she feels around this time of year.

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“Holidays are hard, birthdays are hard,” Heming said. “But for me, this year it was really about community. Building community and connections and I just want to say it’s been my lifeline and I just want to thank you for that.”

Alongside the video, Heming explained the importance of having an “inner circle,” which she said she found on Instagram.

“Bruce calls it the ‘inner circle’. These are the people we are lucky to have in our lives who we can call, trust and rely on. I am lucky to have a small circle of people who don’t offer a way to solve the problem but can just listen. helps enormously,” she wrote. “This inner circle is also present on this channel. Last year, it was imperative for me to finally be able to build community and connections. And you are present. People from all walks of life share the same unfortunate thread that connects us. “

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She continued, “I get countless messages of love and support because Bruce is so loved. It pours down on him and I get to stand underneath it and catch these nuggets that look like a waterfall.” of kindness. I wish I could respond. to all the messages because they are deep, raw and poetic but know that I appreciate them immensely. It also makes me feel less alone. I am grateful to you 💞.”

On Wednesday, Heming took to Instagram to celebrate it and Die hard Actor’s 16th wedding anniversary with a sweet post.

“16 years with this special man. My love and adoration for him only grows 🤍,” Heming wrote alongside a photo of her kissing her husband on the cheek.

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On her Instagram Story, Heming shared a few similar photos, including a photo of her husband cuddling up to her, which she captioned “Smitten.”

Heming and Willis met in 2007 and married in 2009. The couple shares two young daughters — Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9. Bruce is also the father of three daughters – Rumer, 35, Scout, 32, and Tallulah, 29 – from his previous marriage to Demi Moore.

Heming’s heartfelt birthday messages come amid Willis’ ongoing battle with frontotemporal dementiaalso known as FTD, and as a byproduct, aphasia, a brain-based inability to speak or understand speech.

In September, Heming revealed Willis’ FTD diagnosis was difficult but they get by.

“It’s hard for the person diagnosed, it’s also hard for the family. And it’s no different for Bruce, nor for me, nor for our daughters. When they say it’s a family illness, it “It really is,” Heming said.

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