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Bruce Willis’ wife says friends are 'nervous' about visiting him since dementia diagnosis

Bruce Willis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in February. 

Bruce Willis’ wife says “people are nervous” about visiting the dementia-stricken Die Hard’ actor.

Former model Emma Heming Willis, 44, who shared her devastation in February about her 68-year-old partner’s health woes in a joint statement with the rest of his family, opened up about her experience struggling with the ups and downs of being a caregiver following Willis' diagnosis in an Instagram Live chat with Ty Lewis a Certified Dementia Practitioner who cares for her mother.

Heming Willis said: “People are nervous about coming around, they’re not used to seeing the person they knew in a different state, that can get a little tricky… once they get this diagnosis people tend to write them off.”

Willis and his wife share daughters Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, nine; Willis has daughters Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, 29, from his previous marriage to Demi Moore.

Heming Willis admitted it can be “easy” to “get into the doom and gloom” after her husband was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and retired from acting, but she tries to stay upbeat.

She added: “I have times when I’m in it to win it and times when I can’t focus due to life.

“I try to start my day and end my day in gratitude, things I want to make time for in my day and when I go to bed I think of three things I got right.

“It’s so easy to get into the doom and gloom of what went wrong so it’s really about flipping the script and changing that self-talk.”

Heming Willis insisted she was having a “good” day, adding: “I have my moments it just depends so hanging in there, doing the best that I can, turning my pain into purpose is the vibe that I’m leading with.

"I’m trying to lift everyone up I think community is everything and I didn’t have that for a while.

“There’s so much love and support and I find so much strength through it.”

She revealed in a different video how she burst into tears after her daughter Evelyn told her she had searched for “fun facts about dementia” during her free time at school to try and help Willis.

Heming Willis marked Willis' 68th birthday on March 19 by posting a video in which she admitted to “beginning the day by crying” over the actor’s health woes.

Watch Heming Willis' chat here:


Photo: TPG News/Click Photos

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