Tallulah Willis, daughter of renowned actor Bruce Willis, has provided news about her father’s health in her recent appearance on the Drew Barrymore television show. The diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) of the actor, was revealed in February by Willis’ own family; Now, Tallulah indicated that Willis continues to enjoy life and help others do the same, despite the severity of his illness.
“He is the same, which I think in this sense I have learned is the best one can ask for. “I see love when I’m with him, and he’s my father and he loves me, which is really special,” Tallulah declared, denying rumors that her father was at a very critical point.
In the interview, Willis highlighted the positive attitude with which his father faces this complex diagnosis, valuing the love and affection that he still gives to his family. From the actor of Hard to Kill. He is my father and he loves me, which is really special for me.”
The type of dementia Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with is a particularly aggressive and rare version of the disease. For Tallulah and his family, it has been especially important to spread awareness about the condition, openly sharing his experience with the goal of helping others who may be facing similar situations.
Last September, Heming Willis, Bruce’s wife, reiterated that she made an effort to make the actor’s daughters aware of everything that the disease implied to avoid any feeling of shame in them.
“It was important that (our daughters) knew what it was about, because I don’t want his father’s diagnosis or any form of dementia to carry any stigma or shame.”.
Although today Tallulah has known how to handle her father’s condition, at the time, it generated many insecurities in her, because without knowing that he was sick, she believed that he was simply ignoring her. This is how he narrated Tallulah’s experience to Vogue.
“I knew something was wrong for a long time. It started with a kind of vague unresponsiveness, which the family attributed to Hollywood hearing loss (…) Later, that unresponsiveness broadened and I sometimes took it personally. I had had two children with my stepmother, Emma Heming Willis, and I thought she had lost interest in me. Although this couldn’t be further from the truth, my teenage brain tortured itself with some faulty math: I’m not pretty enough for my mother, I’m not interesting enough for my father.”.
After this confusion, and in the midst of illness, Tallulah became increasingly close to her father, declaring that she has become an “archaeologist” of her world.
“Part of what has been a really beautiful way for me to heal through this is become an archaeologist of my father’s worldof their little trinkets and knick-knacks.”
In this interview with Vogue, Tallulah revealed that for many years she lived with eating disorders, generated largely by the pressure of being the daughter of one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, in addition to the insecurities generated by her parents. On her visit to the Drew Barrymore show, Tallulah reflected on the reasons that made her share the story of her fight against her own body.
“I wanted to talk about it because it seemed very important to me to share that it was very scary, that it was very hard,” declared the photographer, who also added that her disorder reached a point where she was afraid to go out for a walk in case there was no place to catch your breath. Despite this agonizing experience, Tallulah has managed to recover and thanks to this she has been able to be present during her father’s difficult process.
“Recovery is probably lifelong, but Now I have the tools to be present in all facets of my life, and especially in my relationship with my father. Before I was so afraid that sadness would destroy me, but I finally feel like I can be present and can be counted on. I can savor that time, hold my father’s hand and feel that it is wonderful.”
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