"Allow for our family or whoever's with him that day to be able to get him from point A to point B safely," she said.
Following the recent dementia diagnosis of her adored actor husband Bruce Willis, Emma Heming Willis has sent out a request to the paparazzi to "keep your space". Heming Willis, 44, posted a video on Instagram over the weekend in response to an incident in which Willis, who turns 68 this month, was recently caught on camera and recorded while out for coffee with his pals, per Good Morning America. "If you are someone that is looking after someone with dementia, you know how difficult and stressful it can be to get someone out into the world and just to navigate them safely —even just to get a cup of coffee," she said.
"It's clear that there's still a lot of education that needs to be put forth," Heming Willis continued. "So this one is going out to the photographers and video people that are trying to get those exclusives of my husband out and about. Just keep your space."
While acknowledging that the paparazzi are merely carrying out their duties, Heming Willis pleaded with them to be more discreet when approaching the Die Hard star in public. "Please don't be yelling at my husband, asking how he's doing, whatever. The woo-hooing and the 'yippee ki-yays' — just don't do it, OK? Give him his space," she said, referencing Willis' famous line from Die Hard. "Allow for our family or whoever's with him that day to be able to get him from point A to point B safely. That's my PSA."
Bruce's daughter, Tallulah Willis, shared a supportive message for Heming Willis' Instagram post, writing in the comments, "I love you so much. I see you." Willis and Heming Willis have been married since 2009 and have two girls, Mabel and Evelyn, together. Bruce is also father to Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah, whom he shares with his ex-wife Demi Moore, per PEOPLE.
A few weeks ago, Heming Willis' family revealed the Moonlighting actor had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia or FTD. "Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support, and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce's original diagnosis," Emma wrote at the time on behalf of the Willis-Moore family. "In the spirit of that, we wanted to give you an update about our beloved husband, father, and friend since we now have a deeper understanding of what he is experiencing," she added.
Bruce Willis has frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, the actor’s family announced in a statement last week. “While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis,” they wrote. https://t.co/Rfu0Poe21I pic.twitter.com/DKOGvhxD4z— WebMD (@WebMD) February 25, 2023
"Since we announced Bruce's diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce's condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD)," she continued. "Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis," she explained.
Bruce Willis's wife, Emma Heming Willis, has made a statement asking paparazzi to “keep your space” when following the 67-year-old actor, who was recently diagnosed with dementia. https://t.co/DBb6k7OcoM— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 7, 2023
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