Emma Heming Willis has calmly hit back at cruel trolls who claim she is using her husband Bruce Willis’ illness for ‘five minutes’ of fame.
The Die Hard actor, 67, was last month revealed to be living with frontotemporal dementia, after first being diagnosed with aphasia in 2022.
His family, including his wife Emma, ex-wife Demi Moore and grown-up daughters, have been rallying around the beloved actor, both sharing happy memories and information about the devastating disease.
Emma in particular has been updating followers on her and Bruce’s journey, including introducing the dementia expert she was working with, and pleading with paparazzi not to shout at her husband to get his attention when snapping photos of him on the street.
Now Emma has revealed she has been accused by trolls of using Bruce’s illness to get five minutes in the spotlight, and has responded brilliantly by declaring she would use this five minutes to raise as much awareness as possible about the disease.
She said, in a video posted to Instagram: ‘I just saw something about me getting my “five minutes”, which is great, which means that you’re listening.
‘So, I’m going to take my five minutes and I’m gonna turn it into 10 because I’m always going to advocate for my husband.
‘And while I’m at it, I’m going to raise awareness around [frontotemporal dementia] and for caregivers, who are unsung heroes out there.’
She added: ‘And then I’m going to turn my grief and my anger and my sadness into something good around something that feels less than. Watch this space because I didn’t come to play.’
Emma shares daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, eight, with the Sixth Sense actor, while he shares older daughters Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, 29, with ex Demi.
The mum-of-two was showered with praise from followers for standing up for herself and promising to continue advocating for Bruce regardless of what people think, including by Scout, who commented: ‘HELL YES! I am so so proud of you!’
It comes after Emma pleaded with photographers not to harrass Bruce when he was out and about, urging: ‘I know this is your job, but maybe just keep your space.’
Emma added: ‘Please don’t be yelling at my husband, asking him how he’s doing, or whatever.
‘The woo-hooing and the yippee-ki-yays — just don’t do it. Give him the space.
‘Allow for our family or whoever’s with him that day to be able to get him from Point A to Point B safely. That’s my PSA.’