Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, has asked photographers to maintain their distance and quit shrieking at the “Die Hard” actor when they meet him in public.
Heming Willis made an impassioned appeal in a video posted on her Instagram page over the weekend, stating “there’s still a lot of knowledge that has to be put forward” regarding those living with dementia.
Recalling a recent incident in which paparazzi sought to talk to the sick actor when he made a rare public appearance to meet pals for coffee in Santa Monica, the 44-year-old model highlighted how “tough and stressful it can be to bring someone out into the world and manage them safely.”
“This one is for the photographers and film folks who are trying to get those exclusives of my hubby out there: Please keep your space,” she stated in the video. “I realise this is your job, but maybe just maintain your space.”
“For the video folks, please don’t be shouting at my husband asking him how he’s doing or anything — the ‘woohoo’-ing and the ‘yippee ki-yays’… Just don’t do it. OK? Give him some room. Allow for our family or whomever is with him that day to securely transport him from point A to point B.”
In the video’s caption, Heming Willis added: “To other carers or dementia care specialists navigating this environment… Any suggestions or advise on how to bring your loved ones out into the world safely? Please share your thoughts below.”
Heming Willis and Willis, 67, married in 2009 and have two children, Mabel and Evelyn.
Her plea comes only weeks after Willis’ family reported that his aphasia, or speech impairment, had advanced into frontotemporal dementia, or FTD.
“Currently there are no medicines for the condition, a situation that we hope may alter in the years ahead. “As Bruce’s situation worsens, we hope that any media attention may be focused on raising a light on this illness that requires significantly more awareness and study,” they stated last month in an update released online.
The Alzheimer’s Society defines FTD as “a collection of illnesses characterised by increasing nerve cell death in the brain’s frontal lobes (the regions below your brow) or temporal lobes.” These parts of the brain are often related with personality, conduct, and language.