Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming has shut down claims his ex-wife Demi Moore moved in to his home to help care for him as he struggles in the wake of his dementia diagnosis.
It was claimed Moore, 60, was helping to care for the 67-year-old Die Hard star alongside wife Emma Heming Willis, 44, and their two young daughters, according to Radar – but Heming has hit back at the speculation.
She wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: ‘Let’s nip this one in the bud. This is so dumb. Please stop.’
Bruce is battling frontotemporal dementia which Emma shared her perspective on earlier this week.
A representative for Moore had told Radar that she was not committed to living with Bruce and Emma, but another source claimed the actress had ‘never left’ her pod with her husband’s family.
Denied: Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming has shut down claims his ex-wife Demi Moore moved in to his home to help care for him as he struggles in the wake of his dementia diagnosis – The former married couple are photographed together in 2018 in LA
Couple: She wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: ‘Let’s nip this one in the bud. This is so dumb. Please stop’; Bruce and Emma seen in 2019 in NYC
At the height of the pandemic, Bruce spent time sheltering with Demi and their adult children in Sun Valley, Idaho.
The unusual arrangement was originally supposed to include Emma, but she was delayed after one of her and Bruce’s daughters accidentally poked herself with a hypodermic needle found at a park.
Emma — who shares daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, eight, with Bruce — opted to delay her trip to take the girl to the doctor, while her husband left early for Idaho.
A source previously revealed to the publication that Bruce was ‘determined to stay coherent and lucid for as long as possible’ in hopes of being able to make an impression on his upcoming granddaughter from his oldest daughter Rumer Willis.
She announced that she was expecting her first child with her boyfriend Derek Richard Thomas in late December.
On Tuesday, Bruce’s wife Emma tried to ‘raise awareness’ of frontotemporal dementia following her husband’s diagnosis with the disorder.
In video posted to her Instagram, Willis, 44, talked about channeling her pain into ‘something good’ and using her platform to spread awareness of the ailment.
‘I just saw something about me getting my five minutes, which is great. Which means that you’re listening. So I’m going to take my five minutes and I’m going to turn it into 10 because I’m always going to advocate for my husband,’ she began.
By his side: A representative for Moore had told Radar that she was not committed to living with Bruce and Emma, but another source claimed the actress had ‘never left’ her pod with her husband’s family; Bruce and Demi seen in 1995 in Paris
‘I’m always going to advocate for my husband’: Bruce’s wife Emma is using her voice to ‘raise awareness’ of frontotemporal dementia following her husband’s diagnosis with the condition
‘And, while I’m at it, I’m going to raise awareness around FTD and for caregivers, who are unsung heroes out there. And then, and then, I am going to turn my grief and my anger and my sadness and do something good around something that feels less than. So, watch this space, because I didn’t come to play.’
It has been a year since Willis’ family announced the actor, 67, would be stepping away from his career after he was diagnosed with aphasia. Last month, his family said the illness had progressed to frontotemporal dementia.
FTD affects the lobes of the brain behind the forehead, which deal with behavior, problem-solving, planning and emotions.
The post was captioned: ‘Just over here turning my 5 mins into 10. I’ve sat around quietly for too long and I’m so ready to be embraced by this solid and loving community my family and I find ourselves in while trying to lift them up in return. Let’s go. #ftdawareness #dementiaawareness #caregiversupport’.
The post came after Willis posted an emotional plea asking families of dementia sufferers for advice on how to help their loved ones navigate the world safely.
Heming Willis posted the Instagram video on Saturday stating that it was in ‘service for raising awareness about dementia.’
‘If you are someone who is looking after someone who has dementia, you know how difficult and how stressful it can be, just to get them out into the world and navigate them safely – even just to get a cup of coffee.’
In her caption, the actor’s wife asks for advice on how to do this with her husband following his own diagnosis.
‘To other caregivers or dementia care specialist navigating this world…. Any tips or advice on how to get your loved ones out in the world safely? Please share below.’
Willis’ diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia can include symptoms like personality changes, speech difficulty and motor impairment.
The Hollywood icon was seen out and about last week, the first time since his family revealed he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Willis shares Rumer, 34, Scout, 31 and Tallulah, 29, with Moore, 60 to whom he was married from 1987 to 2000.
‘I’m going to raise awareness’: In a video posted to her Instagram on Tuesday, Willis, 44, talked about channeling her pain into ‘something good’ and using her platform to spread awareness of the ailment
Heartbreaking news: It has been a year since Willis’s family announced the actor would be stepping away from his career after he was diagnosed with aphasia. Last month, his family said the illness had progressed to frontotemporal dementia
‘Let’s go’: Willis spoke out about the condition in a video shared to her account on Tuesday
FTD occurs when nerve cells in the lobes behind the forehead die and the pathways that connect them change.
The left temporal lobe is involved in the meaning of words and the names of objects. The right recognizes faces and familiar objects.
Symptoms are different from just the memory loss that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
These may include; personality changes, such as becoming tactless, uninterested in others and unsympathetic, repeated and compulsive movements, such as continued use of certain phrases, hoarding and obsession over timekeeping, craving unhealthy food and forgetting table manners, speaking difficulties, including slow speech, grammatical errors and asking the meaning of familiar words like ‘bread’.
Bruce’s blended family issued a joint statement at the end of March announcing that he was ‘stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.’
The statement revealed he ‘has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.’
Willis had reportedly been struggling with cognitive issues on the sets of his films for years – and even needed an earpiece to feed him lines.
A unnamed source told Page Six his declining cognitive ability had been an open secret in Hollywood.
Long-time love: Emma has been married to the Die Hard actor for 14 years; pictured 2019
Sad: The retirement announcement marked an end to Willis’s decades-long career, during which he has earned a Golden Globe award and two Emmys
The famed actor can even be spotted in a scene in his new movie American Siege, which was filmed in 2020, wearing an earpiece. This was a full two years before the family’s announcement that Willis has aphasia.
Willis was also seen using an earpiece to feed him lines in his Broadway debut in Misery in 2015, an unnamed insider also told OK! Magazine
And he was reportedly struggling during the filming of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 film Glass.
The retirement announcement marked an end to Willis’s decades-long career, during which he has earned a Golden Globe award and two Emmys.