Bruce Willis wife speaks out in wake of his retirement after aphasia diagnosis

Hollywood favourite Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming has taken to her Instagram to thank fans for their support after the announcement earlier this week that he is to retire from acting following aphasia diagnosis.

The 67 year old legendary actor has been diagnosed with aphasia – a condition which has affected his cognitive abilities.

His wife Emma, 43, took to her Instagram on Thursday to share a message with her 215k followers after the news was announced.

She shared a simple message on a pink background. It read: “Your love, support, compassion, prayers really help.”

She continued: “I’m grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Bruce’s diagnosis and subsequent retirement from the profession “he loves” was announced by his family on Wednesday 30 March.

The statement by Bruce’s family was shared on Instagram, announcing the news.

It read: “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.

“We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.

“As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that."

The statement was signed off with: “Love, Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, & Evelyn.”

The Die Hard actor was previously married to fellow A-lister Demi Moore for 13 years and together they share grown up daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah.

Bruce and Demi, 59, have remained very close and she was even a guest at his wedding to Emma.

Bruce later married his current wife Emma in 2009 and the couple share two daughters Mabel Ray, nine, and Evelyn Penn, seven.

The group now operate as a “blended family”and spend time together as an eight – even holidaying with one another.

Speaking about the unconventional arrangement, Bruce has previously explained the decision was motivated by always putting their children first. And just a week before the news of Bruce's diagnosis came, Demi made reference to it in a birthday post alongside a picture of herself and Bruce. "Happy birthday, Bruce. Thankful for our blended family," it said.

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