Bruce Willis seen for the first time celebrating 68th birthday amid dementia diagnosis
Loved ones showered Bruce Willis with a heartfelt rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song on the retired actor’s 68th birthday Sunday.
Video of the special serenade was posted to Instagram by Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore and shows his daughters and wife Emma Heming Willis hitting the high notes, with Willis even joining in for a few seconds.
The “Sixth Sense” and “Die Hard” actor was then seen blowing out candles to a birthday cake just a month after it was revealed he was battling frontotemporal dementia.
After the candles went out, his family began cheering “hip-hip hooray” for the storied performer.
“Happy birthday, BW!” Demi Moore wrote in the caption. “So glad we could celebrate you today. Love you and love our family. Thank you everyone for the love and warm wishes – we all feel them.”
Footage shows Bruce Willis being celebrated with the “Happy Birthday” song from his family and ex-wife.demimoore/Instagram
Willis and Moore share adult daughters Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah Willis, 29. Willis and Emma Heming Willis share two young kids, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8.
Willis’ family announced he was diagnosed with dementia in February, about a year after his fight against aphasia was revealed that led him to step away from acting.
“While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis,” the family said in a statement shared on the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration website.
Emma Heming Willis earlier in the day posted an emotional Instagram reel about how she is feeling grief and sadness on the actor’s first birthday since the dementia diagnosis. She said she began the day crying, but noted she has to be strong for her daughters and husband.
“I do have times of sadness, every day, grief every day, and I’m really feeling it today on his birthday,” Emma said.
In part of the caption, she wrote: “The silver lining or the flip side is that I’m so lucky to feel your warmth and love that is directed to my husband and our family.”
Willis’ wife also posted another video montage on Instagram Sunday featuring Willis with family.
Part of her caption read, “He is pure love. He is loved. And I’ll be loving him always.”