Emma Heming Willis, Bruce Willis’ wife, has denied using the actor’s dementia diagnosis to get her “five minutes” of fame.
Bruce’s family revealed the actor had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) months after revealing the actor had aphasia.
“I just saw something about me getting my five minutes, which is fantastic,” Emma said in a new Instagram video. “Which means you’re paying attention. So I’m going to take my five minutes and stretch it to ten because I’m always going to be an advocate for my husband.”
“I am going to turn my grief, anger, and sadness into something good around something that feels less than,” she added. So keep an eye on this space because I didn’t come to play.”
Emma’s new video comes after she pleaded with paparazzi to give Bruce space when he’s out and about in the aftermath of his new diagnosis. The actor was photographed with a friend while getting coffee over the weekend.
“If you are someone who is looking after someone with dementia, you know how difficult and stressful it can be to get someone out into the world and navigate them safely, even just to get a cup of coffee,” Emma previously stated.
“It’s clear that a lot of education still needs to be put forth,” she said in her video. “So this one is going to the photographers and video people who are trying to get those exclusives of my husband out there. Simply maintain your personal space. I know this is your job, but please respect my space. Please don’t be yelling at my husband, asking how he’s doing, the ‘woo-hoo’-ing and the ‘yippy-ki-yays,’ OK?”
She emphasized the importance of Bruce being able to safely travel from “Point A to Point B.”
Bruce was diagnosed with FTD in February 2023.