Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming shares video of him playing basketball after aphasia diagnosis

Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming shares video of him playing basketball after aphasia diagnosis
Bruce Wllis recorded playing backyard basketball by his wife after being diagnosed with aphasia. (Credits: Instagram/emmahemingwillis)

Bruce Willis, whose aphasia diagnosis was publicised by his family earlier this year, appeared in good spirits on Monday, May 23, as he played backyard basketball with some friends. "I see you BeeDub," Willis' wife, Emma Heming, captioned a video showing him shooting the ball through the hoop on her Instagram Story.

Willis, 67, was dressed in a dark gray sweater, khaki slacks, gray sneakers, and a blue baseball cap in the video, which was released only days after Heming, 43, said that she was dealing with her husband's health news. "I put my family’s needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero," she said in an interview with The Bump published last week.


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"That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health," she added. "And it served no one in my family." Heming, who has two daughters with Willis, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, said she was "making the time for self-care" every day. "Someone told me not long ago that when you over-care for someone, you end up under-caring for yourself," she explained. "That stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me."


In March, Heming, Willis' ex-wife, Demi Moore, and their three children, Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, and Tallulah, 28, made a joint statement announcing Willis' retirement due to his health issues. "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," on Instagram, they wrote.


"As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. As Bruce always says, 'Live it up' and together we plan to do just that," the message was concluded.

According to the Mayo Clinic, aphasia is a disorder that affects a person's ability to speak, write, and understand language, and therapy includes speech and language therapies. Involvement of the patient's family members, who can help them communicate, is also important. Heming, Moore, 59, and all five of Willis' children are all with him.


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