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In an interview given to Vogue Usa Tallulah Willis29, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, 68, told of having long denied his father’s deteriorating healthwhich earlier this year received a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia which forced him to withdrawal from the scene. Last year, the family announced that the actor “suffers from aphasia, a brain-mediated inability to speak or understand language,” but the following year it was classified as a symptom of the progressive neurological disorder frontotemporal dementia. “But I knew something was wrong for a long time,” Tallulah said. “It all started with some sort of vague indifference from my father, which in the family we had attributed to hearing loss. We said to each other: “Die Hard butchered daddy’s ears””.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE NEW FAMILY
Tallulah then attributed the worsening of the condition to the greater concentration given by her father to the new family formed with the ex-model Emma Heming Willis, married in 2009: “He had had two children with my stepmother, and I thought he had lost interest in me . Even though it was the furthest thing from the truth, my teenage brain tortured itself with faulty logic: I’m not beautiful enough for my mother, I’m not interesting enough for my father”. The woman, who then suffered from eating disorders, is not proud to have denied the problem, but “the truth is that I was too sick to handle the situation.”
A REDISCOVERED RELATIONSHIP
Today, Tallulah has understood and accepted the actor’s condition. “Every time I go to my father’s house, I take a lot of pictures,” he said. “I’m like an archaeologist, looking for treasure in things I’ve never paid much attention to. I have all of his messages saved on a hard drive. I find I’m trying to document, to build a record for the day when he’s not there to remind me of him and us.” Despite the disorienting illness, Willis”he always knows who I am and lights up when I walk into the room”. Tallulah still holds out hopes for his father, who “was nice and charming and smart and elegant and sweet and a little quirky” and with whom “we’d be such good friends if only there was more time.” One question remains, “How can I make him more comfortable than he is?” Despite his father’s sudden and unpredictable changes, “I’m just happy to be here for it.”