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Bruce Willis' Wife Marks 16-Year Anniversary Amid Dementia Battle

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By Favour Adegoke on December 27, 2023 at 4:30 PM EST

Emma Heming Willis and Bruce Willis are celebrating 16 years of their beautiful relationship.

Emma made an Instagram post with photos of her and Bruce, whom she met in 2007 and married in 2009. The couple has spoken several times about their love for each other and how they were smitten from their first meeting.

In February this year, Emma revealed that Bruce had been officially diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. She's since spent her days taking care of the iconic actor as his health deteriorates.

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Bruce Willis' Wife Celebrates Their 16th Anniversary

Sixteen years later, Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis are still together and going strong. Emma made a beautiful Instagram post on Wednesday to celebrate 16 years of her relationship with the iconic actor. She shared two photos of her and Bruce with the caption, "16 years with this special man. My love and adoration for him only grows."

Emma also posted the photos on her Instagram story. One was of her kissing Bruce's cheek as they smiled happily with "Smitten" written on the image. She also wrote, "16 years together?! Lord, where did the time go."

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Emma and Bruce first met in 2007, about three years after he ended his relationship with Brooke Burns. It is her first marriage while Bruce was previously married to actress Demi Moore from 1987 to 2000. The couple made their first public appearance at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and have attended multiple events together over the years.

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The Couple Are Parents To Two Daughters

Emma and Bruce eventually married in 2009, with a beautiful wedding ceremony held in Turks and Caicos. She celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Instagram earlier this year, with multiple posts of photos of them together at their wedding and various events since.

The couple have two daughters, 11-year-old Mabel and 9-year-old Evelyn. They also share Bruce's three adult daughters from his marriage to Moore, 35-year-old Rumer Glenn Willis, 32-year-old Scout LaRue Willis, and 29-year-old Tallulah Belle Willis.

Emma and Bruce have spoken about their relationship several times and revealed that they were smitten from the first meeting. Emma spoke about it during a joint interview with Bruce for People Magazine.

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She said, "When we first met, I was surprised at how charming and how funny he was — and extremely handsome. That was my first thought of you." Bruce agreed and said he "was already in love" with Emma from that first meeting.

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Emma Announced Bruce Willis' Dementia Diagnosis In February

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis.

In February this year, Emma revealed that Bruce's doctors had officially diagnosed him with frontotemporal dementia. The news came about a year after their announcement that the "Die Hard" actor was diagnosed with Aphasia in March 2022.

In her Instagram anniversary tribute in March 2023, Emma reflected on how their family has coped with the diagnosis. She also briefly spoke about spending most of her time caring for her husband as his health deteriorates, as dementia is incurable.

Emma also posted a photo of a flower bouquet a friend had sent their family. In the caption, she said the "random act of kindness" from the friend "inspired the heck out of me." Millions of fans and multiple celebrities have shared their well wishes to the family since the diagnosis was made public.

Bruce Willis Family Has Been Open About His Health

Support Pour In For Bruce Willis & Family After Dementia Announcement
Instagram | Demi Moore

Aside from Emma, Bruce's daughters have also been open about his health amid the diagnosis especially Tallulah. During a November appearance on "The Drew Barrymore Show," Tallulah spoke about the family's decision to share updates about his health, a move that's not common among celebrities.

She said, "I think, on one hand, it's who we are as a family. But also, it's really important for us to spread awareness about FTD. If we can take something that we're struggling with as a family and individually, to help other people, to turn it around, to make something beautiful about it, that's really special for us."

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His other children have also shared heartwarming moments with their dad on social media. Scout recently posted a photo of herself holding her dad's hand. His eldest daughter, Rumer, also posted a photo of Bruce holding her as a baby with the caption, "Missing my papa."

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