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Tallulah Willis recently shared an update on her father, Brice Willis, while appearing on “The Drew Barrymore Show.” When asked how her father is doing as he battles frontotemporal dementia, Tallulah said, “He is the same, which I think in this regard I’ve learned is the best thing you can ask for.” She continued, “I see love when I’m with him, and it’s my dad, and he loves me, which is really special.” Barrymore then asked Tallulah about her family’s choice to be so open about Bruce’s battle with dementia where Tallulah said, “Well, I think it’s twofold. On one hand, it’s who we are as a family, but also, it’s really important for us to spread awareness. If we can take something that we’re struggling with as a family to help other people, to turn it around to make something beautiful about it, that’s really special for us.” She added, “And part of what’s been a really beautiful way for me to heal through this is becoming like an archeologist to my dad’s world, to his little trinkets and doo-dads.”

Bruce retired from acting in 2022 after he was diagnosed with aphasia. Months later, his family announced that his condition had progressed to frontotemporal dementia. “Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis,” the family wrote in a statement. “In the spirit of that, we wanted to give you an update about our beloved husband, father and friend since we now have a deeper understanding of what he is experiencing. Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD). Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”

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