Rumer Willis says she’s ‘really missing’ dad Bruce Willis amid dementia battle


Rumer Willis is dealing with the grief of her father, Bruce Willis, being diagnosed with dementia.

The 35-year-old daughter of the “Die Hard” actor and Demi Moore shared a childhood photo Monday to Instagram in which a shirtless Bruce holds her in his arms and smiles proudly.

“Really missing my papa today,” she captioned the throwback.

The Post has contacted reps for Rumer and Bruce for comment.

Fans showered Rumer with love in the comments, with one writing, “He’s still there just differently sending you love.”

“Hugs. It’s an odd kind of hard to miss someone who is still here. Dementia is a cruel beast,” another sympathized.

Rumer Willis posted this throwback to Instagram on Nov. 20.
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A third offered, “Anticipatory grief is so difficult to process at times. I’m sorry.”

Last week, another of Bruce and Demi’s daughters, Tallulah, also shared photos of herself with her dad, writing that the snaps were “hitting tonight.”

“You’re my whole damn heart and I’m so proud to be your Tallulah Belle Bruce Willis,” she captioned a carousel of photos.

Rumer Willis pictured in Los Angeles in March.
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Bruce’s family announced his “cruel” frontotemporal dementia diagnosis in February.

Since then, the family has spoken several times about Bruce’s condition, as has his friend, “Moonlighting” creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who revealed this month that while Bruce is “not totally verbal,” he’s excited that the ’80s TV series he starred in opposite Cybill Shepherd is now streaming on Hulu.

“The process [to get ‘Moonlighting’ onto Hulu] has taken quite a while and Bruce’s disease is a progressive disease, so I was able to communicate with him, before the disease rendered him as incommunicative as he is now, about hoping to get the show back in front of people,” Caron, 69, told The Post. “I know it means a lot to him.”

Bruce Willis is “not totally verbal” amid his dementia battle.
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Demi Moore and Bruce Willis pictured with their daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout in 2001.
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Meanwhile, Bruce’s wife, Emma Hemming, 45, revealed last week that she feels “guilt” over having access to “resources” amid the “Pulp Fiction” star’s battle.

“When I’m able to get out for a hike to clear my head, it’s not lost on me that not all care partners can do that,” Heming Willis wrote in an article for Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. “When what I share about our family’s journey gets press attention, I know that there are many thousands of untold, unheard stories, each of them deserving of compassion and concern.”

She added, “I want people to know that when I hear from another family affected by FTD, I hear our family’s same story of grief, loss, and immense sadness echoed in theirs.”

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