Bruce Willis has posed in a rare family photo – the first to be shared since he retired from acting.
That Die Hard The actor’s family announced earlier this year that he was “retiring” from the industry after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain condition that “impairs his cognitive abilities.”
In a statement, Willis’ family said: “This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support.
“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and wanted to include his fans because we know how much he means to you, just as you mean to him.”
The 67-year-old Hollywood star now posed with a puppy alongside his wife Emma Heming and their children.
The photos were shared on Instagram by his ex-wife Demi Moore, who he has been friends with since their divorce in 2000.
“We’re family!! Get in the holiday spirit!” Moore captioned the photo, with Heming responding, “What a fun evening.”
Heming and Moore are also friends. As photos emerged of Willis and Moore isolating with their children during lockdown in 2020, she commented: “Family bonds at their finest, miss you guys.”
Aphasia is a form of brain damage that affects language expression and understanding. It leaves sufferers unable to communicate effectively and is often the result of a stroke.
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In 2018, Willis showed his self-deprecating side in an appearance on his own Comedy Central Roast, where Moore jokingly gutted him.
He quipped, “Joseph [Gordon-Levitt] played a younger me in grinder. He couldn’t pull it off. There is an actor who played me successfully. It was Demi Moore.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/bruce-willis-instagram-christmas-aphasia-diagnosis-b2244889.html Bruce Willis poses in the first family photos Demi Moore has shared since retiring from acting