Hollywood actor Bruce Willis, 68, showed signs of hearing loss long before he was diagnosed with dementia, according to his daughter먹튀검증, Tallulah Willis, 29.
“My dad’s symptoms started with something like vague unresponsiveness, and I thought the film ‘Die Hard’ had ruined his ears,” she wrote in a piece for fashion magazine Vogue, according to the British newspaper The Guardian on Monday.
Bruce Willis [Photo: AFP-Yonhap].
“He didn’t respond to me very often,” Tallulah recalled in the piece. At the time, she believed he was being indifferent to her ex-wife because of their new family.
She also revealed that she suffered from depression and alcohol dependence. “I had anorexia for four years, and at the age of 25, I was institutionalised for depression. I was also diagnosed with ADHD and put on medication. I was struggling with a messed-up body and couldn’t take care of him,” she said.
“I’m comforted by the fact that I’m trying to take care of him despite my grief. He still knows who I am. The present and the past go back and forth, and unpredictable changes happen quickly, but I don’t want to give up hope.”
“This is a very special time for my family,” she said, “and I know he’s happy to be with us.”
Bruce Willis retired last March after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain injury that affects the ability to communicate. His family announced in February that he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This is a year after he was diagnosed with dementia.
FTD is known to affect a patient’s behaviour and personality and cause impaired language skills.
Bruce Willis rose to international fame with the hit action film Die Hard (1988). He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for the film. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He went on to star in The Colour of Night (1994) and The Sixth Sense (1999). His last film before retirement was “The Mutant Escape,” released in April.
He married actress Demi Moore in 1987, divorced in 2000, and remarried in 2009 to Emma Heming, a former model 23 years his junior, with whom he has two daughters.