BRUCE Willis’ daughter Rumer has shared a secret snap showing her fun childhood with her dad amid his battle with a brain disorder.
The Sun recently revealed how the Armageddon actor suffered from brain problems for 25 years before his family revealed his severe aphasia diagnosis.
The beloved 67-year-old’s loved ones announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from acting due to the aggressive cognitive illness.
But amidst the shock and sadness, his kids found time to bring smiles to his fans.
Actress Rumer, 33, Bruce’s eldest child with ex Demi Moore, took to her Instagram page to share a snap of her and one of her siblings playing with their Hollywood star dad as children.
The Hostage star, who has to be just a toddler in no time, can be seen grimacing as she spreads her mouth and sticks out her tongue.
She gives the camera a cheeky look while dad Bruce, who has a head full of brunette curls, smiles at the lens.
Alongside the adorable throwback pic, Rumer wrote, “Love you Daddio to the 🌙 and back.
“Thanks for teaching me to be so silly.
“I love laughing with you.”
Fans were quick to respond with a comment: “My thoughts and prayers are with your wonderful father. ♥️”
Another then wrote: “Laughter is such a powerful force! I wish you all so much of it ❤️ ❤️ ❤️”
A third concluded: “Sweet adorable Bruce!!! Love, love and more love!!!!”
Rumer’s tribute came after her little sister, Scout, took to her Instagram account to honor her father with a rare picture.
Bruce’s family released a joint statement on their individual Instagram accounts on Wednesday, alongside a picture of the star.
It said Bruce had recently been diagnosed with aphasia, meaning he must retire from “the career that has meant so much to him.”
The announcement added: “We’re moving through this as a strong family unit and wanted to include his fans because we know how much he means to you, just as you do to him.
“Like Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that.”
Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a patient’s ability to express and understand written and spoken language.
It can appear suddenly after a stroke or head injury, or develop slowly from a brain tumor or disease.
Bruce’s ex Demi, 59, has been supporting him and now-wife Emma, 43, as they adjust to life with the disease, The Sun understands.
END OF CAREER
A source told The Sun exclusively about the impact Bruce’s health has had on his career, saying: “People who have been close to the family for the last twenty years or so knew that day was coming and are now seeing the inevitable finally happened. Bruce retires from acting and publicly admits what’s wrong with him.
“But for Demi and the kids, it was an almost 18-year journey from the first realization something was wrong to Bruce
finally accept that he has to retire.
“Bruce’s adult daughters have known of this situation since 2005 or 2006 and have been absolutely compassionate every step of the way.
“Bruce worked with his slowly deteriorating condition for years, but it wasn’t something anyone wanted to hide anymore.
“Bruce has the full support of Demi Moore, their daughters and his wife Emma as he takes this next step and no one in the family was surprised by it.
“If anything, they’re all happy that Bruce has been able to work and make a living for so long, and nobody rules out the possibility that he could come back for special gigs or events when he’s ready.
“But they are now officially in a new phase where the new priority is to keep Bruce as comfortable and pain free as possible, rather than keeping his acting jobs going.
“They’ve had years to prepare for his retirement and everyone says they’re so proud of Bruce for being able to work so long after first falling ill and treating his symptoms.”
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