Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis reveals that caring for her family is taking a ‘toll’ on her mental health… following the actor’s aphasia diagnosis
Emma Heming Willis admitted that she’s been struggling with her mental health following her husband Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis.
In a new interview with The Bump published Thursday, the model, 43, revealed her recent difficulties, sharing, ‘I put my family’s needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero.’
‘That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health, and it served no one in my family,’ she stated.
Struggling: Emma Heming Willis admitted to The Bump that she’s been struggling with her mental health following her husband Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis; pictured 2018 in Los Angeles
The beauty — who shares daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, eight, with the 67-year-old Die Hard star — went on to say that she is now making more time to meet her own needs.
‘Someone told me not long ago that when you over-care for someone, you end up under-caring for yourself. That stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me,’ she said.
‘I don’t mother myself perfectly but I know that I have some basic baseline needs that are a must, like first and foremost, exercise,’ she continued, adding, ‘I think it’s important to find that one thing that makes you feel good and build from there.’
Tough: In a new interview, the model, 43, revealed her recent difficulties: ‘I put my family’s needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero’
The revelations come about six weeks after Emma — who tied the knot with Bruce in 2009 — released a joint statement with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, 59, and the former couple’s daughters Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, and Tallulah, 28, announcing his diagnosis.
They said that the Hollywood icon ‘has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.’
‘As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.’
A toll: ‘That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health, and it served no one in my family,’ she said; Pictured in 2009
Their girls: Emma, who shares daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, with the 67-year-old Die Hard actor, went on to say that she is now making more time to meet her own needs
They continued: ‘We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that.’
A source told People last month that ‘everyone is focused on all the happy moments they are able to share’ with the actor, and that ‘Emma is especially grateful for the daughters she shares with Bruce.’
An insider close to the Pulp Fiction star told the outlet that the actor’s family has been ‘doing whatever they can’ to help him, and ‘have rallied around him in a big way to help Bruce cope with what is to come.’
A source close to Heming Willis said that she has been ‘trying to keep it together for him’ during the difficult time.
Stepping away: The actor’s family took to Instagram March 30 to release a joint statement where they revealed he was stepping away from acting following his diagnosis with aphasia
‘As someone facing health challenges, Bruce couldn’t be part of a better family. It’s been shocking. And it’s not easy seeing a spouse decline.’
The Mayo Clinic defines aphasia as ‘a condition that affects your ability to communicate’ that ‘can affect your speech, as well as the way you write and understand both spoken and written language.’
The actor’s family did not announce what caused his bout with aphasia, which has a number of potential causes.
The condition could occur following a head injury or stroke, or can be a predecessor to a brain tumor or Alzheimer’s disease.
Strong family: Bruce also shares daughters Rumer, 33, Tallulah, 28, and Scout, 30, with ex-wife Demi Moore, 59; From left, Emma, Rumer, Bruce, Tallulah, Demi, and Scout in NY, 2015
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