Following the family’s heartbreaking revelation earlier this year about Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis, a close friend of the actor has disclosed that Bruce is now experiencing a decline in his language abilities. Bruce’s struggle with dementia led to his retirement from acting, and the recent update indicates that he is “no longer verbal.”
Bruce Willis has become “not totally verbal.”
In March, Bruce Willis’ family informed the public that his brain condition, aphasia, had progressed to frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator of the 1980s sitcom “Moonlighting” starring Bruce Willis, shared that during his visit, the actor was unable to communicate with him.
“My sense is the first one to three minutes he knows who I am,” Glenn revealed. “He’s not totally verbal; he used to be a voracious reader — he didn’t want anyone to know that — and he’s not reading now.” He also noted that while Bruce’s language skills are no longer “available to him, he’s still Bruce. When you’re with him, you know that he’s Bruce, and you’re grateful that he’s there, but the joie de vivre is gone.”
The actor’s family and friends continue to provide support during his illness.
Glenn continued, “The thing that makes [his disease] so mind-blowing is if you’ve ever spent time with Bruce Willis, there is no one who had any more joie de vivre than he.” According to Bruce’s friend, while Bruce previously “adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest,” he now perceives life as though “seeing life through a screen door.”
Bruce is currently under the care of his wife, Emma Heming Willis, with whom he has two daughters. He also maintains a close friendship with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, with whom he has three daughters. The family has offered unwavering support to the actor amidst his challenging health conditions. In an interview, Bruce’s wife Emma mentioned that it’s “hard to know” if the actor comprehends his condition.
Despite their past divorce, which led to questions about their relationship, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis continue to stand by each other, remaining close friends.