Tallulah Willis, Daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Opens Up About Recent Diagnosis

Inspired by her father’s courageous public struggle with frontotemporal dementia, Tallulah Willis, the youngest member of the Demi Moore and Bruce Willis family, bravely discloses her own recent diagnosis.

Just recently, at the age of 30, she reminisced about a heartwarming childhood memory: her father carrying her on the red carpet. Little did anyone know that as an adult, she would be sharing news of an unexpected diagnosis.

A throwback Instagram post from Tallulah Willis sparked discussions about autism.

The youngest of Bruce Willis, 69, and Demi Moore’s, 61, three daughters, Tallulah shared a video clip featuring her as a child, playfully interacting with her father’s head while he converses with the media at a film premiere.

Prompting engagement from her 408,000 followers, Tallulah captions the March 15th post, “describe being autistic without actually saying it [sic].”

Certain users expressed adoration for the endearing moment captured in the video, while others, recognizing the behaviors depicted, delved into discussions about autism symptoms, as well as her father’s affectionate response.

“The beautiful way he just wasn’t even phased by that and just continued to hold you. Your dad is one-of-a-kind honey, and so are you,” writes one netizen. A second shares, “In your defense, shaved heads are as relaxing as little Japanese sand zen gardens.”

Another cyber admirer chimed in, stating, “His care for your feelings is magical… I’m so happy you have moments captured in the vault of forever.”

Regarding the recent diagnosis, one of the standout comments is from a psychologist specializing in neurodivergent conditions.

“If you’re open to sharing, did you get diagnosed as a child?” The user, who goes by the name mfizzle, continues, “Not sure how much of your journey you’ve shared but would love to read more. You’re brave and inspiring and this is a very sweet video. All the best!”

Responding to this user’s question, Tallulah writes, “This is the first time I’ve ever publicly shared my diagnosis. Found out this summer and it’s changed my life.”

Stimming, short for self-stimulatory behavior, is a term used to describe repetitive movements or sounds that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may engage in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines autism spectrum disorder as a developmental disability stemming from brain differences. People with ASD commonly encounter challenges related to social communication and interaction, alongside exhibiting restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests.

In subsequent Instagram comments, Scout LaRue Willis, 32, provided additional context on why the featured clip holds significance for her younger sister’s condition.

“She’s stimming,” Scout LaRue explains, alluding to the repetitive movements that individuals with autism may employ to manage sensory stimulation.

“Dude the ear curl,” Tallulah writes, referring to the moment she folds the ear of her dad, who looks at her and sweetly smiles. “I wish we had stronger audio.”

Her father’s battle

Tallulah, Scout LaRue and Rumer Willis, 35, have been showering their father with love and support amid his ongoing battle with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

In 2023, Bruce Willis, the star of Die Hard, celebrated his 69th birthday on March 19, but was also confronted with the diagnosis of FTD (frontotemporal dementia), a degenerative condition primarily impacting communication and behavior rather than memory. Among the early signs of this illness for the actor was aphasia, affecting his ability to communicate, write, and comprehend others.

Since receiving the diagnosis, Willis’ family members have rallied around the beloved actor, who also has two daughters with his wife, Emma Hemming Willis.

“Just like you, we simply adore him. What you might not know, but maybe you could imagine, that being wrapped in his arms is the safest place in this whole wide world,” writes Emma of The Last Boy Scout star whom she married in 2009. “He’s a true gentle-man. With so much love to give and share. That’s what I get to see, his true core. I can tell you, it’s so pure and ever so good.”

At this time, Tallulah has not offered further information on her diagnosis.

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