Despite being divorced for over 20 years, Moore and Willis demonstrate that love continues to flourish and thrive after the end of a marriage.

A couple like no other in the world. 

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have been divorced for over two decades, but they have done the impossible and remain as close as ever.

Hollywood has seen its share of fairly ugly divorces where the private affairs of celebrities are scattered over the pages of tabloids. It’s an occupational hazard; it is not just their professional endeavors that attract media attention, it’s the gossip of their private lives. 

However, every so often, you come across a divorce handled so thoughtfully and empathetically that you can’t help but look up to the couple. Just look at Moore and Willis: the pair tied the knot in 1987 and separated in 1998, having spent almost eleven years together as a couple. Yet, the love between them never ceased and has manifested in a multitude of ways in the years since. 

A Dementia Diagnosis That Could Have Shattered the Family

 
 
 
 
 
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This little snippet reminds everyone how close Demi Moore has been with Bruce Willis in recent years. The two families got together to celebrate the actor’s 68th birthday. 

The Die Hard actor retired on March 30, 2022, due to a condition recently diagnosed as frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This form of dementia is characterized by behavioral and language difficulties, gaps in expressive and receptive communication, and emotional apathy. There is no cure for the disease as of now.

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The statement announcing Willis’ diagnosis on February 16, 2023, also mentioned that Willis’ condition had “progressed,” but the family was relieved at having a “clear diagnosis.” The statement, published on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website, was intended to raise awareness about the implications of FTD  and empower other people to seek out support if their loved ones were facing the same disorder.

“We know in our hearts that – if [Willis] could today — he would want to respond by bringing global attention and a connectedness with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease,” the statement read. It was signed by all of Willis’ daughters, Emma Heming Willis (Bruce Willis’ current wife), and Moore. 

Despite an Uncomfortable Marriage, They Made It Work as Co-Parents & Friends

Bruce Willis with Demi Moore and their daughters.
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The way Moore rallied behind the actor in his time of need is nothing short of remarkable. Most people are not obligated to maintain a relationship with their ex-spouses, especially when they already have enough people in their lives to get them through the trying times. However, Moore has consistently defied expectations to be a pillar of comfort, care, and compassion to Willis, even when there had been friction between the two at the time of divorce. 

In Moore’s 2019 memoir Inside Out, the Ghost actress shared the details of her split from Willis and the incompatibility challenges they faced as a married couple. Over 12 years of marriage is not an insignificant period of time in the wacky world of showbiz, but they were not able to make their partnership work in the long run.

Moore said that Willis had been “ambivalent” about her work, which she said he felt took her away from raising their daughters. Willis had also told her repeatedly that he was “unsure” about staying married to her and going the distance. 

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Ultimately, Moore was “proud” about going through the divorce and keeping the proceedings as civil as possible. “I think Bruce was fearful at the beginning that I was going to make our split difficult, and that I would express my anger and whatever baggage that I had from our marriage by obstructing his access to the kids,” she wrote in her memoir.

Thankfully, both parties kept quiet about their grievances and let the divorce unfold as smoothly as possible. Though it wasn’t easy at first, they were able to forge something new with the changing circumstances, managing to “move the heart of [their] relationship,” the same heart that fostered such a kind, loving environment for their young daughters. They came to feel “more connected than [they] did before the divorce,” the mom-of-three wrote in her memoir. 

Moore & Willis’ Daughters Sing Their Praises & Commend Their Co-Parenting

The love flowed from both sides. In a 2000 interview with Rolling Stone, shortly after their divorce, Wilis said that he still “loves” Moore and that they strive to work closely to co-parent their children and fulfill their “lifelong commitment” of parenthood. “Our friendship continues. The institution has been set aside,” he added. 

This was confirmed by their eldest daughter, Rumer, in 2015, when she said that she had a wonderful childhood and that there wasn’t any deficiency in how she and her siblings were brought up by Willis and Moore. “They always made an effort to do all of the family events still together and made such an effort to still have our family be as one unit, as opposed to two separate things, which I think really made an impact,” she told Larry King. 

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Even when Willis remarried, Moore continued to be by his side, going so far as to attend his wedding to Heming Willis. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Willis and Moore decided to quarantine together with their three daughters at the family’s home in Hailey, Idaho.  Rumer even posted a clip of the two dancing with each other, bobbing to a rhythm and laughing alongside their daughters. Scout Willis said about the social distancing arrangement, “It’s been really funny to have both of my parents in the house where they raised us, which has been really cute.”

What Their Bond Teaches Us About Different Forms of Love

Bruce Willis Demi Moore and family on Christmas morning.
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Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have set a shining example of how we can sensitively handle divorces and other taxing challenges in our lives. Those experiences are not always going to be pleasant, and they’re likely to dredge up all kinds of resentment, drama, and animosity. But if you take a moment to see the bigger picture and truly make an effort, you will be able to weather the storm. Love, respect, admiration, and care don’t have to come to an end after divorce.

Moore and Willis prove that it’s not just possible but rewarding for divorced couples to maintain a loving and caring relationship post-divorce. You might even find your love deepening after divorce, as you gain a new perspective and appreciation for your former partner.