After being diagnosed with aphasia, Bruce Willis was spotted on a rare public outing with his wife Emma.
On June 23, the 67-year-old actor was spotted running errands with his wife Emma Heming Willis in Los Angeles. Bruce, who was diagnosed with aphasia in March, wore a green baseball cap, a short-sleeved button-down shirt, and jeans, while Emma wore jeans, a blue-and-white blouse, and flats.
Emma’s outing came just a few days after she dedicated a touching Instagram message to her husband. On June 13, she posted a video of Bruce Willis performing with The Temptations with the caption: “Don’t let fear stop you, is my philosophy. Why? Because I am continuously paralysed by fear. Fear has never stopped my husband, which is another reason I fell for him.”
Emma tweeted a video of Bruce playing hoops with a bunch of friends on May 23 with the comment “I see you BeeDub.” Bruce is seen in the video receiving a bounce pass and making a layup on a backyard basketball hoop.
Emma has been candid about the struggles and hardships that come with being a caregiver after her husband’s diagnosis.
In an interview with The Bump in May, Emma, who has two kids with Bruce, Mabel Willis, 10, and Evelyn Willis, 8, stated that putting her family first affected her well-being.
“I put my family’s needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero,” Emma said. “That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health, and it served no one in my family.”
Bruce took a break from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a language condition that can impair one’s ability to interpret, talk, read, or write.
Emma and their kids, as well as Bruce’s ex-wife Demi Moore and their children Rumer Willis, 33, Scout Willis, 30, and Tallulah Willis, 28, announced the decision.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the family said in a joint statement. “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”