Emma Heming Willis, Bruce Willis’ wife, has denied leveraging the actor’s dementia diagnosis to obtain her “five minutes” of fame.
Bruce’s family said the actor had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) months after announcing the actor had aphasia.
“I just saw something about me getting my five minutes, which is great,” Emma said in a new video posted to Instagram. “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 added, “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.”
Emma’s latest video comes after she begged the photographers to give Bruce room when he’s out and about in the aftermath of his recent diagnosis. The actor was photographed with a companion while getting coffee over the weekend.
Emma said previously, “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 to navigate them safely, even just to get a cup of coffee,”
“It’s clear that there’s still a lot of education that needs to be put forth,” she continued in her video. “So this one is going out to the photographers and the video people that are trying to get those exclusives of my husband out and about. Just keep your space. I know this is your job, but maybe just keep your space. For the video people, please don’t be yelling at my husband, asking me how he’s doing, the ‘woo-hoo’-ing and the ‘yippy-ki-yays,’ please don’t do it, OK?”
She emphasized that it is important for Bruce to be able to get from “Point A to Point B safely.”
Bruce’s FTD diagnosis was announced in February 2023.