Rumer Willis Says She’s ‘Really Missing’ Dad Bruce After Dementia Diagnosis


Rumer Willis is opening up about her dynamic with dad Bruce Willis following his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

On Monday, Rumer, 35, shared a sweet throwback snap of herself and her actor father, 68, from when she was a baby, alongside the caption, “Really missing my papa today. 🥲.”

In the photo, a shirtless Bruce can be seen smiling as he holds Rumer, who is wearing a white sun dress and floral headband.

The actress’s sister Tallulah Willis, the youngest child of Bruce and ex-wife Demi Moore, also shared the post on her Instagram Story.

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Days earlier, Tallulah, 29, shared her own post about her dad on Instagram and said how “proud” she was to be his daughter. 

In the first photo, the actress sat next to her dad in an armchair as he wrapped his arm around her and she held his hand. This was followed by a picture of Tallulah’s driving license showing off her full name, along with a smiling photo of Bruce, who appeared to be on stage in the shot.

The final picture showed the father and daughter duo walking in a sunny location together while Tallulah sported a light-gray sweatshirt reading “DIE HARD,” no doubt a nod to her dad’s 1988 blockbuster action flick of the same name.

“Damn, these photos are hitting tonight. Youre my whole damn heart and Im so proud to be your Tallulah Belle Bruce Willis. #babybruce #TBBW,” she captioned the carousel of images. 

Earlier this month, Tallulah opened up about her dad’s life after his diagnosis during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.

“He is the same, which I think in this regard I’ve learned is the best thing you can ask for,” she told host Drew Barrymore. “I see love when I’m with him, and it’s my dad and he loves me, which is really special.”

Bruce’s family revealed his FTD diagnosis in February, releasing a group statement that read, “Bruce has always found joy in life — and has helped everyone he knows to do the same.”

“It has meant the world to see that sense of care echoed back to him and to all of us. We have been so moved by the love you have all shared for our dear husband, father, and friend during this difficult time,” they added.

From L: Rumer Willis, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Scout Willis, Emma Heming Willis and Tallulah Willis.
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“Your continued compassion, understanding, and respect will enable us to help Bruce live as full a life as possible,” the family concluded.

Opening up about why the family has been so open about Bruce’s diagnosis, Tallulah explained to Barrymore, 48, “Well, I think it’s twofold. On one hand, it’s who we are as a family, but also, it’s really important for us to spread awareness.”

“If we can take something that we’re struggling with as a family to help other people, to turn it around to make something beautiful about it, that’s really special for us,” she added.

Along with Rumer and Tallulah, Bruce also shares daughter Scout, 32, with Moore, 61, plus daughters Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9, with his wife Emma Heming Willis.

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