Bruce Willis’ daughter Tallulah has given an update on her father’s health amid his battle with frontotemporal dementia.
“He’s the same, and I think in that regard I’ve learned that that’s the best thing anyone could ask for,” she said on Wednesday’s episode. The Drew Barrymore Show. “I see love when I’m with him. And he’s my dad and he loves me, which is really special.”
The actor’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with aphasia, a disorder that affects the way one communicates, and that he would retire from acting in 2022. In February, they revealed that THE Die hard The star’s condition had progressed to frontotemporal dementia, or FTD.
During her visit to the talk show, Tallulah explained why her family chose to be transparent about Bruce’s condition.
“On the one hand, it’s who we are as a family, but also, it’s very important for us to get the word out about FTD,” she told host Drew Barrymore. “If we can take something that we struggle with as a family to help other people, turn it around to make something beautiful, that’s really special to us.
Tallulah explained that what helped her “heal” during this experience was becoming “an archaeologist in my father’s world” and archiving all of his “little trinkets and gadgets.” She also said the two spent time together listening to music and “just sitting in this energy of love,” adding, “It’s really special.”
In June, Tallulah published an essay in Vogue in which she reflected on accepting her father’s diagnosis.
“Every time I go to my dad’s house, I take tons of photos of everything I see, the state of things,” she wrote. “I’m like an archaeologist, looking for treasure in things I never paid much attention to. I have all of his voicemails saved on a hard drive. I find that I’m trying to document, to create a recording for the day he’s not here to remind me of him and us.”
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