On Sunday, Emma Heming Willis, the second wife of legendary actor Bruce Willis, asked her fellow care partners on Instagram to “show me something beautiful”, before sharing her own snap as she hiked up a small mountain on a cloudless day.
A few hours later, the model explained that her request had a far deeper meaning as she candidly opened up about her mental health while caring for the Die Hard star.
She explained that her own thought spirals as a care partner can be “very much doom and gloom” and wanted to help others who may be in the same mental space, adding: “I know it looks like I’m out living my best life – I have to make a conscious effort every single day to live the best life that I can.
As she choked back tears, the 45-year-old continued: “I do that for myself, I do that for our two children and… Bruce who would not want me to live any other way.”
“I don’t want it to be misconstrued that I’m good, cause I’m not, I’m not good but I have to put my best foot forward for myself and my family.”
As her tears began to flow, Emma reached out to other care partners adding: “When we are not looking after ourselves, we cannot look after anyone that we love.
“This is a conscious effort and does not come to me easily. I’m just doing the best that I can, always.
“Your pictures are making me happy, I just want you to take a moment out of your day and I know your day is stressful, and I know that your day is hard. But I just want you to break it up for a minute, and just look for something beautiful.”
The mum-of-two has been remarkably open with her caring journey following news that Bruce’s health had deteriorated and he was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia earlier this year.
The 68-year-old had retired from Hollywood in early 2022 when he was originally diagnosed with aphasia and began struggling with his speech and memory.
Alongside caring for Bruce and their two children, 11-year-old Mabel and nine-year-old Evelyn, Emma has used her platform and new experience as a care partner to help share resources, advice, and expert insight with others caring for loved ones with dementia.
Most recently, the model has launched her Make Time wellness brand focused on improving health through supplements, recipes and reducing stress.
The actor also became a grandfather for the first time in April when his eldest daughter Rumer, who he shares with his ex-wife Demi Moore, welcomed her daughter Louetta.