Actor Bruce Willis Is Stepping Away From Acting with the Support of His Beautifully Blended Family
This past week, the world learned that venerable movie star Bruce Willis will be stepping away from his revered film career so he can better care for his health and honor his time with family. Willis’s life change is the result of his recent diagnosis of aphasia, a condition that impacts one’s ability to communicate.
Learning of this news is a lesson in vulnerability and a showing of unparalleled familial love. Willis’s family, including his ex-wife Demi Moore, informed fans of his diagnosis in a joint statement. "This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support," it partially read.
Willis and Moore, who were married in 1987 and separated in 2000, have remained close friends and co-parents. The two share three daughters, Tallulah, Scout, and Rumer. Willis is currently married to Emma Heming with whom he has two daughters, Evelyn and Mable. As Moore posted on her Instagram on Willis’s birthday on March 19, she is so happy for their “blended family.”
This outpouring of support and love shows us how tenderness and family can mean many many things these days. If you have people you love, it is beautiful to always hold them close—in good health and in bad. Our best wishes go out to Willis and his family.
You can read more about their story in People.
What to Know about Aphasia
Willis’s diagnosis has spurred a greater conversation about this disorder. Here’s what to know:
1. Aphasia is a variety of symptoms that make it difficult—or impossible—to express or comprehend language, as well as reading and writing.
2. Aphasia is the result of damage to the parts of the brain that control language functions.
3. Most aphasia diagnosis come to people middle-aged or older, but anyone can acquire it.
4. Approximately 1 million people in the US have aphasia, and nearly 180,000 Americans acquire it each year.
To learn more about aphasia, visit the Cleveland Clinic's website.