After the devastating diagnosis of aphasia, a brain disorder that affects cognitive abilities, Bruce Willis faces an uncertain future.
However, one thing remains certain: after “retiring” from acting, the Hollywood actor can count on the care and support of his ex-wife, Demi Moore, of whom he has been divorced for 20 years.
Two decades after one of Hollywood’s most famous power couples broke up, the two have remained best friends and co-parents to their three daughters, Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, and Tallulah, 28.
And in a city where breakups and divorces are marked by enmity and mantras like “don’t get mad, get it all,” Bruce and Demi’s close friendship is certainly remarkable.
In fact, their relationship is so functional after the divorce that the couple spent Christmas 2019 together with their daughters and revealed they had been quarantining together during the Covid pandemic.
The arrangement was all the more curious for outsiders that Willis’ current wife Emma Heming (43) and her two daughters Mabel (9) and Evelyn (7) were apparently not involved in the Willis Moore celebrations.
Willis’ daughter Scout later cleared up the confusion. “My stepmother wanted to come here with my little sisters,” she said during the pandemic. “My younger sister, who is actually 7 now, never had a conversation in a park about… hypodermic needles she found, so she actually tried to poke her shoe with them and kicked her foot.
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“So my stepmom had to be in LA waiting for the results after she was taken to the doctor so my dad came here early and then the traveling got crazy so my stepmom stayed with my little sisters in LA.”
Since Willis’ marriage to Heming was rock-solid, both women happily sent a joint statement earlier this week about Willis’ retirement from acting.
“We wanted to announce to the amazing Bruce supporters as a family that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia which is affecting his cognitive abilities,” the family wrote in a statement co-signed by his five daughters.
“As a result, and with much deliberation, Bruce is stepping down from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support.
“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and wanted to include his fans because we know how much he means to you just as you do to him,” they added. “Like Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that.”
The couple have turned the blended family into an art form. In 2007, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz snapped a remarkable picture of the couple along with Moore’s second husband, Ashton Kutcher. to the vanity fair. Willis, Moore and Kutcher were caught in a boat; Moore and Kutcher cuddled contentedly while Willis chose to concentrate on his fishing.
“People ask us, ‘How are you guys doing so well?’. Well I don’t like everything Bruce does and I’m sure he doesn’t think everything I do is great,” Kutcher said of his marriage to Moore.
“But being with Bruce is normal for me now. We go scuba diving, skiing, we hang out with the girls, we watch movies, we talk sports.”
Since Moore split (bitterly) from Kutcher in 2011 and divorced two years later, Moore appears to have remained single.
But it’s almost fair to say that Willis and Moore have paid more attention to their post-breakup functional relationship now than they have at any time in their 11 years of marriage.
The meeting of the two could hardly be matched by Hollywood’s most inventive screenwriters. In 1987, Moore was engaged to Emilio Estevez, and the couple attended the premiere of his action comedy stakeout.
“He’s everywhere like a cheap suit in the rain,” her ex-fiancé allegedly told her that night.
Moore may have walked in with the film’s star, but she left with Willis’ phone number. Within three months, they married in 1987 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
“I had never experienced treatment like this before,” Moore writes in her 2019 memoir. from the inside to the outside. “Bruce was so gallant – a real gentleman in his own boisterous way. When I said it was time for me to go home, he offered to walk me to my car. He was so excited – like a little boy not wanting to miss the ice cream truck.
“When he asked for my number, I felt a wave of schoolgirls flutter,” she says. “[Writing the number down], his hands were shaking. He was so vulnerable at that moment. All his bravery was gone.”
In the late ’80s and ’90s, the pair were Hollywood’s “It” couple, and Moore cemented her reputation with an icon vanity fair Cover on which she posed naked and heavily pregnant.
And yet, Moore’s fast-paced career ultimately came at a personal cost. “My professional life soared,” she wrote in her memoirs. “My private life was painful. Bruce was preparing to do a film that was shot in Europe, Hudson-Hawk. Just before leaving, he dropped the bombshell: “I don’t know if I want to get married.”
“Bruce and I had met, got married, had a baby and just done a lot, very quickly. It was like waking up a few years later and thinking, ‘Whoa, is this what I want? Or do I really want to be free?’ I think he was struggling to resolve a conflict within himself: he wanted family and grounding, but he also craved excitement and novelty.”
Following their split, the couple vowed to share the responsibilities of parenthood equally. Their determination led to a surprisingly warm friendship.
“I still love Demi. We’re very close,” Willis said Rolling Stone not long after their divorce. “We have three children who we will continue to raise together and we are probably as close as ever. We know that we have a lifetime obligation to our children. The institution [of marriage] was put aside… It’s difficult living your life and marriage under a magnifying glass of what happens to movie star couples.”
Similarly, the media attention Moore and Kutcher, who were 15 years younger when they began dating in 2003, shook their friendship to the core. It reportedly took his sidekick, Will Smith, to help him overcome his jealousy.
“[Smith] said, “Dude, you gotta do whatever it takes to get the kids and any spouse or girlfriend together. You have to show your kids it’s okay,” Willis said playboy in 2007.
But Willis himself wasn’t long for single life: In 2009, he and Heming married, of course in the presence of Moore and Kutcher. And Moore and Heming seem to have their own unique bond. On Instagram, Moore recently shared a series of pictures of Emma, including one of her with Mabel and Evelyn, and captioned a lengthy message about their close bond.
Demi wrote: “@emmahemingwillis: I #see you as family I get to call my friend. Our children are sisters, and yet there is no name for what our family connection is. We are united mothers, united sisters in this crazy adventure of life. Emma is a beautiful mother who is devoted to her family and absolutely gorgeous.”
The curtain on Willis’ acting career may be falling, but he’s shown the rest of Hollywood how to do matters of the heart.
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