Bruce Willis’s daughter Tallulah has written a candid letter explaining her “grief” at having to witness her father’s ongoing health battles.
Hollywood legend Bruce has withdrawn from the spotlight following an initial diagnosis of the degenerative brain condition aphasia. Earlier this year, it was then confirmed he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
Needless to say, the diagnosis came as a shock to all of Bruce’s loved ones, as well as fans worldwide, and those nearest and dearest to him have been lending their support in all manner of ways.
That includes his children, who by all accounts are now doing their utmost to be by their father’s side as much as possible. Earlier this week, Bruce’s third-born daughter, Tallulah, penned an emotional essay in Vogue where she opened up on her father’s health struggles over the past few years.
Tallulah wrote: “He had had two babies with my stepmother, Emma Heming Willis, and I thought he’d lost interest in me. Though this couldn’t have been further from the truth, my adolescent brain tortured itself with some faulty math: I’m not beautiful enough for my mother, I’m not interesting enough for my father.
“I admit that I have met Bruce’s decline in recent years with a share of avoidance and denial that I’m not proud of. The truth is that I was too sick myself to handle it.
“For the last four years, I have suffered from anorexia nervosa, which I’ve been reluctant to talk about because, after getting sober at age 20, restricting food has felt like the last vice that I got to hold on to.”
While in the midst of battling her own health problems, Tallulah acknowledged that her father was facing his own fight, though at that stage his family weren’t aware of the gravity of his condition.
“All kinds of cognitive testing was being conducted, but we didn’t have an acronym yet,” Tallulah continued.
“I remember a moment when it hit me painfully: I was at a wedding in the summer of 2021 on Martha’s Vineyard, and the bride’s father made a moving speech. Suddenly I realized that I would never get that moment, my dad speaking about me in adulthood at my wedding.
“It was devastating. I left the dinner table, stepped outside, and wept in the bushes.”
The 29-year-old concluded: “He may always know who I am, give or take the occasional bad day.
“I know that trials are looming, that this is the beginning of grief.
“It feels like a unique and special time in my family, and I’m just so glad to be here for it.”
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