Last March, Bruce Willis’s family shared some heartbreaking news about the star. He had been diagnosed with aphasia, a cognitive communication disorder.
“The veteran actor has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” their Instagram statement read at the time.
“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 challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion, and support.”
They continued: “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. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”
Since his diagnosis, Willis’s extensive family have banded together around him, offering him as much love and support as possible. And now, some happy news seems to have made a huge impact on his health and mental state.
Willis’s eldest daughter, Rumer, whom he shared with ex-wife Demi Moore, has just announced that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Derek Richard Thomas.
“Still cant believe I am currently cooking a little person in my belly right now. I am so deeply grateful for the incredible lessons and gifts that have come my way this year. I’m so grateful this little soul chose me to have the privilege of being their mama,” she wrote on Insta.
This will be Willis’s first grandchild, and according to sources, the news has made him all the more determined to fight off his aphasia symptoms.
A source close to the star told Radar Online: “He’s determined to stay coherent and lucid for as long as possible so his grandchild can have some happy memories of a grandfather who was present and active in his or her life. Bruce has never backed away from a challenge. He’s dead-set that this new baby is going to get the best he has to offer.”
Another source continued: “It seems he’s slipping further away from them, and it breaks their heart. It’s been painful to see him deteriorate. The older girls miss the old Bruce — the one who used to tease them about their boyfriends and give them unsolicited advice.”
We hope this new addition brings the whole Willis family some much-needed positivity and happiness!