Emma Heming Willis is on a roller coaster of emotions as she celebrates her husband, Bruce Willis, on his first birthday since revealing his frontotemporal dementia diagnosis.
The legendary actor, who turned 68 on Sunday, March 19, had his praises sung by his wife, Heming. She shared how she felt about the bitter-sweet celebration on her Instagram.
Emma Heming Fights Back Tears As She Celebrates Her Husband
The model was an emotional train wreck as she honored Bruce on his 68th birthday with a moving message. Taking to her Instagram, the mom-of-two shared a video describing the overwhelming emotion she felt on her husband’s special day.
Donning a checkered round-neck brown sweater and wearing a pair of glasses, Heming looked sad as she addressed her followers from the comfort of her home.
She began by saying, “So today is my husband’s birthday. I have started the morning by crying as you can see by my swollen face and snotty nose. I just think it’s important that you see all sides of this.”
She continued, “I always get this message or people always tell me, ‘Oh, you’re so strong. I don’t know how you do it.’ I’m not given a choice. I wish I was, but I’m also raising two kids in this.”
Explaining her emotions, the CocoBaba founder said, “Sometimes in our lives, we have to put our big girl panties on and get to it. And that’s what I’m doing. But I do have times of sadness, every day, grief every day, and I’m really feeling it today on his birthday.”
Being extremely vulnerable, she added in a shaky voice, “I worked on this [forthcoming] reel that I’m posting for my husband’s birthday. I don’t know why I do that to myself because the videos are like a knife in my heart. But as much as I do it for myself I do it for you because I know how much you love my husband,” she told fans before pausing to remind herself, “Don’t cry, Emma.”
The heartbroken model concluded the video by adding, “But it means so much to me, so thank you.” In a follow-up video, Heming posted the aforementioned reel on her page, set to Stevie Wonder’s classic song, “As.”
The montage was filled with happy moments spent with their little girls, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, as well as Bruce’s older children; Rumer 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, 29, whom he shares with his ex-wife Demi Moore.
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The throwback video revealed Willis in his agile days, playing and goofing around with his kids and his wife, Heming. The recordings brought back sweet memories of intimate times shared on family beach vacations, birthday celebrations, and other milestones.
Heming captioned the post, writing, “He is pure love. He is so loved. And I’ll be loving him always. Happy Birthday my sweet 💌.” Admonishing her followers, she added, “My Birthday wish for Bruce is that you continue to keep him in your prayers and highest vibrations because his sensitive Pisces soul will feel it 🙏 Thank you so much for loving and caring for him too 💞.”
As expected, fans trooped in their numbers to drop heartfelt comments. One wrote, “Piscean Pearl of a Man is Bruce. Sending big love and hugs.” Another gushed, “Happy happy birthday🎈🎁🎊❤️💪”!!!
A third fan penned, “Happy Birthday Bruce. Beautiful reel Emma. Feel the love. Always. Thank you for sharing him with us.”
Heming Condemned Those Criticizing Her A Way Of Caring For Willis
A week and some days before celebrating her husband’s birthday, the model/actress vowed to protect her husband’s privacy from the prying eyes of the public amid his dementia battles.
Per The Blast, the mom-of-two didn’t hesitate to slam critics who misjudged her good deeds for clout-chasing and career advancement.
Addressing the baseless rumors, the “Red 2” actress uploaded an Instagram video where she shut down naysayers. In the clip, she donned a blue top and rocked her bare face, wearing animal-print glasses. She said,
“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 going to turn it into ten because I’m always going to advocate for my husband.”
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The model noted that while she had the public’s attention, she was going to continue to raise awareness about frontotemporal dementia. She further used the medium to acknowledge caregivers, whom she described as “unsung heroes.”
Heming, who got emotional for a moment, announced, “I am going to turn my grief and my anger and my sadness and do something good around something that feels less than.”
Giving a stern warning to trolls who misjudged her good intentions, she concluded by declaring, “So, watch this space because I didn’t come to play.”