Early this 2022, Demi Moore took to Instagram to announce that her ex-husband, Bruce Willis was stepping away from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia — an illness « impacting his cognitive abilities. »
The St. Elmo’s Fire actress also shared that she, their daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah are moving as « a family unit, » along with the Sixth Sense star’s current wife, Emma Heming and their daughters, Evelyn and Mabel.
For a while, Bruce’s secondborn, Tallulah « resented » being compared to him. But recently, she decided to postpone her wedding due to her dad’s condition. Here’s what she’s been up to these days.
Why Tallulah Willis ‘Resented’ Being Compared To Her Dad Bruce Willis
In 2021, Tallulah revealed on Instagram that she suffered from body dysmorphic disorder and punished herself for looking like her dad. « I resented the resemblance as I believed wholly my ‘masculine’ face was the sole reason for my unlovability – FALSE, » she wrote alongside photos of her and her mom. « I was/am inherently valuable and worthy, at any life stage, at any size, with any hairdo! (As are you). »
Eventually, Tallulah realized that her face would change with age. « Aging happens without your control, » she wrote. « Time passes and your face can change… You need to soothe the wound within your soul before trying to ‘fix’ the outsides. » However, she admitted that fixating on your looks « creeps into a deeper, spookier place where it begins to devour your essence bit by bit. » She also reminded fans that it is a « genuine psychological pain, » not a « stupid, vain issue. »
Tallulah Willis Revealed That She Was Emotionally Abused By A Caretaker
Around the same time Tallulah opened up about her body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), she also revealed that she was « emotionally and psychologically abused » by a caretaker from age 18 to 20.
She continued: « I’ve strived to be as open as possible, most often finding community with my vulnerability. With nervous fingers I am ready to share about a time in my life that I had chosen to not give to the public. It’s taken a long time to heal, and if I’m being honest even as a freshly 27-year-old the wounds are still gaping, yet I’ve been fighting each day to heal for the past couple years. »
« I am not ready to give you everything, so bear with me please, » she went on. « There was someone in my life, someone who had been introduced into my world since I was in elementary school, someone who I was told was there to keep me safe. At 18, I deferred my acceptance to Boston University. It was then that this person, who I can now understand was as sociopath, directed me to live with her. Without protest (I didn’t know I had a say), I moved in. »
She added that it caused her to « live in fear » even after she escaped. « This person changed my phone number, my email address rerouted to theirs, mail was kept from me; I was trapped in house of horrors and told no one cared, no one was coming, » she said. « I was never physically touched, but emotionally and psychologically abused with truly no mercy. For two years I lived in fear so pungent my stomach recoils in memory. It stayed in the back of my throat long after I escaped my abuser. »
Tallulah Willis Postponed Her Wedding Due To Bruce Willis’ Illness
In April 2022, a source said that Tallulah postponed her wedding due to her dad’s illness. « It was said: either delay the wedding or bring it forward, » claimed the insider. « They decided that the most important thing is that Bruce is there and healthy enough to walk her down the aisle. » They noted that the Die Hard actor wants to have « as much family time as possible » before his aphasia spreads and reaches new stages.
Tallulah has been engaged to filmmaker Dillon Buss since 2021. In November 2020, she shared how her fiancé helped her through her BDD. « I texted my partner I was having an off day and needed some alone time, he told me he understood and was here to hold whatever space he could, » she wrote on Instagram. « Forty minutes later, the door creaked open and there he was with a picnic basket carrying my favorite snacks and drinkies. »
« We sat outside and talked about our first kisses, » she continued. « I felt today, the word ‘grateful’ become unspooled and reframed. I knew what it was, I never knew it could be felt to this magnitude. »