After Bruce Wills’s Aphasia announcement, people are showing support for him. John Travolta, The Grease star, 68, also supported his friend through an Instagram post.
“He share a set of throwback photos of himself and the Die Hard actor, 67, with a lengthy, heartfelt, written caption opening up about how he and Willis met, and what makes him such a great friend, following his recent aphasia announcement and decision to step back from acting.”
“Bruce’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, with whom he shares daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout, announced the news in a heartbreaking post on Instagram on 30 March. The two have remained close friends since their 2000 divorce.”
John Travolta is paying homage to his good friend, Bruce Willis, following his recent aphasia announcement.
The 68-year-old Pulp Fiction actor took to Instagram last week with a set of photos of him and Willis, as well as an emotional caption about their longstanding friendship.
Prior to Travolta’s post, Willis’ family first announced his condition via Instagram.
“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,” his ex-wife, Demi Moore, penned alongside a photo of the Die Hard star.
Moore explained that Willis will be stepping back from his acting career due to his disorder.
“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” she wrote on behalf of herself and Willis’ children.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion, and support,” she 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.”
In addition to his three grown children with Demi, Bruce is also a dad to his and Emma’s girls: 9-year-old Mabel and 7-year-old Evelyn.
For those who don’t know, aphasia is a condition usually caused by an injury or a stroke that affects the part of the brain associated with language and communication. People with aphasia may struggle to speak, read, and listen. There is no known cure for the condition.
“As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that,” the message concluded.
While Moore’s post was met with countless supportive comments from friends, fans, and other celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Ripa, Cindy Crawford, and Busy Philipps, Travolta showed his support with a post of his own, paying tribute to Willis.
He began by revealing where his and Willis’ friendship all started.
Accordin to Travolta, it began on the set of Look Who’s Talking, and then again on the set of Pulp Fiction.
“Bruce and I became good friends when we shared two of our biggest hits together, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Look Who’s Talking,'” Travolta began, alongside two throwback photos of he and Willis.
He then revealed something Willis had said to him years after becoming friends.
“Years later he said to me, ‘John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you I feel like it’s happening to me,’ John wrote, captioning a pair of throwback photos of him and Bruce, including a shot that featured John’s late wife, Kelly Preston.”
“That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you, Bruce,” John added.
Bruce’s family, including his wife, Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore, and his three oldest daughters, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah, announced the actor’s aphasia diagnosis in a joint Instagram statement earlier this week. The post revealed that the 67-year-old’s condition is “impacting his cognitive abilities” and he is now “stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him” as a result.
“Years later he said to me, ‘John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, I feel like it’s happening to me,'” he went on.
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“That’s how generous a soul he is,” Travolta wrote, adding, “I love you, Bruce.”
His heartfelt message to Willis following his announcement was quickly met with kind words from fans.
“The news of Bruce’s aphasia diagnosis, which is an illness that impacts one’s cognitive abilities including the ability to understand and express words, was announced through a collective family post, with Demi, her daughters, and Bruce’s wife Emma Hemming Willis sharing it on their Instagram accounts.”
They explained that: “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.”