Bruce Willis’s family is “treasuring every moment” with him and is hoping for a Christmas miracle as his mental state continues to worsen.
Now that the actor has retired, he’s spending more time with ex-wife Demi Moore. His current wife Emma Heming is trying to help him improve communication between them.
Back in March, the family announced that Willis was suffering from aphasia, a disorder that affects the sufferer’s ability to speak and understand language.
According to RadarOnline, a source close to the family says that since his initial diagnosis, his condition has rapidly declined. Now, all of his loved ones are spending as much time with him as possible.
“They know he won’t be around forever,” a source said. “So they’re cherishing every single moment.”
The source revealed that Moore has been in constant contact with Bruce and Emma.
“She takes every opportunity she can to spend time with him,” they state, adding: “If she’s not there by his side, she’s calling on the phone just so Bruce can hear her voice.”
This year, the blended family is spending the holidays together in Idaho. This has become a tradition for them, and Willis’ daughter with Moore, Tallulah recently shared a photo of her embracing her mother as her father stood nearby looking at Demi’s dog Pilaf.
“It was always a special time,” the source stated. “The family traditions they loved continued, like their pajama parties and game nights.”
He noted that Demi and Emma have grown closer as they team up to support the actor who is battling.
“Bruce can’t say much, and it doesn’t seem like he’s grasping much of what others say. So Emma’s really been the voice and communicator for him.”
“There are days when they see glimpses of the old Bruce,” he said, “but they are brief and far between.”
“It seems he’s slipping further away from them and it breaks their heart. The girls can’t imagine Christmas without Bruce.”
The source, who wished to remain unnamed, stated that it’s “been painful to see him deteriorate,” and added: “The older girls miss the old Bruce — the one who used to tease them about their boyfriends and give them unsolicited advice.”
As Christmas approached, he added, “all they can do is tell them they love him and pray for a holiday miracle.”
It seems like the happy family is taking advantage of all the time they have left with their patriarch, as daughters Tallulah and Scout share photos of them all together.
In a post this week, Tallulah said how much she loves her parents. Meanwhile, Scout shared pictures of Bruce clutching Pilaf as he sat down to dinner with Tallulah and his wife Emma.
“Family dinner night,” she wrote.
In another photo, Bruce was holding Emma’s hand tenderly as they sat next to one another at a table.
Bruce and Emma tied the knot in 2009 and welcomed two beautiful girls into their lives soon after, Mabel and Evelyn.
Die Hard actor Bruce Willis was married to Demi Moore from 1987-2000, and they have three daughters: Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout.
Earlier this year, Bruce’s family announced that he would be retiring from acting due to his diagnosis with aphasia.
“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,” they said.
“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,’ they added. ‘As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”