Bruce Willis pictured for the first time since tragic aphasia diagnosis as wife Emma shares touching Instagram post

BRUCE Willis is pictured for the first time since his tragic aphasia diagnosis was revealed. 

His wife, Emma Hemming Willis, shared a touching photo on Instagram of the two sitting in the woods.

“Mom & Dad in their favorite habitat,” read the photo’s caption.

Bruce shocked fans all over the world when he announced that he was quitting acting after being diagnosed with aphasia. The actor's family explained that he is suffering from "cognitive" issues.

His daughter Rumer Willis, 33, broke the news in an Instagram post.

Alongside a throwback photo of Bruce, 67, Rumer wrote: "To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

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"As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him."

She continued: "This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.

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"We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.

"As Bruce always says, 'Live it up' and together we plan to do just that."

The message was signed by Bruce's family members, including his daughters Rumer, Scout, 30, Tallulah, 28, Mabel, 7, and Evelyn, 9, his wife and ex-wife Demi Moore.

Aphasia is a medical condition resulting in the inability to understand words and communicate clearly, aphasia typically occurs after a stroke or head injury.


Shortly after Rumer shared the sad news, Instagram users rushed to the comments section to show their support for Bruce.

One person wrote: "Wishing Bruce all the best. He has been my favorite actor since I first watched him in Moonlighting, 30+ years ago. May the love and support of his family and friends be everything he needs at this difficult time. Love to Bruce and the Willis family."

Another added: "I'm really sorry for your dad's health struggle. I hope he can get better. Sending you love and strength."

A third chimed in: "Sending love and light to all of you."


Sources close to the prolific actor recently revealed to The Sun that Bruce had quietly been struggling with cognitive issues for almost 20 years before it abruptly ended his career. 

Now, an insider says that the Die Hard star is eager to speak on his struggle in an interview with ex Demi Moore and current wife Emma Heming by his side.

He is rumored to have considered legendary TV interviewer Diane Sawyer as the one to get his story out there .

He is also keeping his options open, even toying with the idea of a documentary. 

A source said: “Over the years, Bruce has considered tapping a friend like Diane Sawyer to interview him, Emma, and Demi about his condition, but the opportunity to keep working usually got in the way of planning something like that. 

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