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Who is Bruce Willis' wife Emma Heming Willis? Marriage, children and more

The Die Hard star and Red 2 actress have been married for 14 years

Emma Heming Willis and Bruce Willis smiling which being photo'd at a red carpet event
Hannah Watkin
Content Writer
Updated: 13 July 2023
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Bruce Willis has been married to his wife Emma Heming Willis for 14 years, and while the couple are quite private, the actress regularly takes to her Instagram to share small insights into their family life.

Bruce Willis was married to American actress Demi Moore from 1987 to 2000. But following Bruce and Demi's divorce in 2000, the Die Hard, Pulp Fiction and Moonlighting star met model and actress Emma Heming in 2005. 

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The Willis family is now a great example of an amiable and loving blended family, with Bruce and Emma being very close to his ex-wife Demi. Join HELLO! as we look at all you need to know about Emma and the couple's relationship below...

Who is Bruce Willis' wife Emma Hemming Willis?

Bruce Willis and Emma Hemming Willis smiling at a red carpet event© Getty Images
Bruce and Emma attending a premiere in 2013

Emma Frances Heming Willis is a model and actress who was born in Malta. On her blog,, the star opened up to fans about her family history and ancestry, explaining: "I was born on the small but beautiful island of Malta to a Guyanese mother and an English father. At a young age, my parents divorced and my mom and I moved to London for a few years to be closer to her family, and then relocated to Southern California where we settled until I finished school."

Emma's modelling career began in the UK, when she was discovered by the Lorraine Ashton model agency during a competition on the morning show, The Big Breakfast. She went on to work with fashion and beauty brands including Dior, Garnier, Gap, and star on the covers of magazines including Glamour, Town & Country and Elle

Emma Heming Willis smiling for a photo call© Getty Images
Emma Heming Willis attending a benefit event in 2023

She began her acting career in 2006 when she appeared in a small role in the film Entourage. She later took roles in the 2007 films Perfect Stranger and The Comebacks, and starred alongside her husband Bruce in the action comedy movie Red 2.

When did the couple meet?

The action film star and former model met in 2005, when they both caught each other’s eyes at their mutual trainer Gunnar Peterson’s gym. At the time, Emma was engaged to American entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse, but fate was on Bruce and Emma’s side.

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Bruce and Emma met again in 2007 after she and Brent had broken off their engagement. Speaking on the David Letterman show back in 2009, the Red actor revealed that after just one date the couple fell "mad crazy in love".

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming kissing© Getty Images
Bruce and Emma share a passionate kiss on the red carpet

They continued to date for two years, during which time they were regularly seen together at events. 

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One of these occasions was at the 2008 premiere of Bruce Willis’ film Flawless. There, the couple delighted fans with an insight into the friendly shared-family dynamic they had fostered with Bruce’s ex-wife Demi Moore and her and Bruce’s children. 

Bruce and Emma hugging on the left, joined by Tallulah and Demi on their right© Getty Images
The group at the 2008 screening

Emma, Demi, Bruce and his daughter Tallulah celebrated the film at the afterparty together.

When did they get married?

The Hollywood stars got married in March 2009 in a private ceremony held at Bruce’s then-home in Turks and Caicos. Following this private ceremony, the two then legally tied the knot in a civil ceremony in Beverly Hills.

The couple have not shared many wedding photos online, although Emma did share one for their 13th anniversary. The photo showed her overwhelmed with emotion during their wedding speeches. She captioned it: "13 years ago, those wedding speeches really sent us over the edge… #uglycry."

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Following their marriage, Bruce told W magazine that meeting Emma meant: "I went from '[explicit] love' to 'love is truly the answer'".

"She was a real person, and she didn't want anything from me,” he continued, before gushing: "I hear so many people in relationships say, 'I just need a couple of days away, or even an hour away.' But I don't want to be away from Emma at all. It's the most singular relationship I've ever had in my life."

Bruce and Emma holding hands and smiling on a red carpet© Getty Images
The pair attending their first event after their wedding

Since being married, the couple have remained quite private, but have given insights into their close relationship with red carpet walks and via Emma's social media. Following their marriage, they made their red carpet-debut at the 2009 Met Gala.

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Emma has since joined Bruce on several red carpet walks throughout the 2010s, including the premiere of Red 2 in 2013 - a film in which both Bruce and Emma starred. In 2015, the couple celebrated the Moonlighting star’s 60th birthday with a lavish party in New York City.

Bruce standing on the right holding up a glass, Emma clapping to his left and to both their left a birthday cake© Getty Images
Bruce and Emma celebrating in 2015

The couple now live in an amazing $9.8million mansion in LA with their daughters Mabel and Evelyn.

Who are their children?

Bruce and Emma have two daughters, 11-year-old Mabel Willis and eight-year-old Evelyn Willis. Emma is also step-mum to Bruce’s three daughters from his previous marriage to Demi Moore: Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and 28-year-old Tallulah. 

WATCH: Bruce with his daughter Mabel over the years

The father of five is also a grandfather, as eldest daughter Rumer announced in December 2022 that she is pregnant with her first child, and gave birth to a daughter, Loutetta Isley Thomas Willis, in April 2023.

Bruce, Emma and Demi are all close friends, and have described themselves as "a strong family unit" in social media posts. Speaking to AOL Entertainment about the children’s relationship with each other, Emma said: "The younger ones love having older sisters. It's a really sweet relationship… 

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"We don't get together as much as we'd all like, just because they're on the West Coast and they're on the East Coast, so sometimes our schedules don't match up. But for the most part, we do get to see them often [sic]."

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming with their two daughters© Emma Heming Willis on Instagram
Bruce and Emma pose for a cute photo with daughters Mabel and Evelyn

Wedding anniversary

In March 2019 Emma and Bruce returned to the tropical Turks and Caicos location where they originally got married in order to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Joined this time by daughters Mabel and Evelyn as well as Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, the couple celebrated the occasion by renewing their vows.

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Emma shared a photo of her and Bruce kissing following the ceremony on Instagram along with the caption: “We said, we do, again, 10 years later. #happyanniversarymylove”.

In 2023, Emma shared a previously unseen video of the couple's 10th wedding anniversary vow renewal and festivities in order to celebrate their 14th year together as a married couple.

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The pair have been married for 14 years and renewed their vows in 2019

Next to the clip compilation, the actress emotionally penned her caption: "On our 10th wedding anniversary we decided to renew our vows in the same place we said 'I do' back in 2009. I'm so happy we did. Seize every opportunity to unite and celebrate with family and friends.

"Those are the moments and beautiful pockets of memories that you get to hold on to for a lifetime. And we get to keep those memories safe and alive for the ones that might not be able to," she finished, before revealing it was Demi Moore who had captured the videos used in her post.

What are Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis doing now?

Emmy-winner Bruce retired from acting in March 2022 after announcing he had been diagnosed with the degenerative condition aphasia.

Emma and Bruce posing and smiling at the camera on a red carpet© Getty Images
Emma and Bruce in 2018

Emma revealed the actor’s decision to step down owing to his aphasia diagnosis on her Instagram: “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

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Since Bruce's aphasia diagnosis, Emma has given further updates on social media about how her husband is doing. Most recently, the former model announced in a joint Instagram post with Demi and his elder daughters that Bruce has now been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

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Their statement began: "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," and later linked to a longer explanation of Bruce's diagnosis on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration's website. It was signed from the "Ladies of Willis/Moore."

Bruce Willis with his family at Christmas© Photo: Instagram
Bruce and Emma pictured with Demi Moore and their children in 2022

Explaining how Bruce’s diagnosis had affected her life, Emma shared a touching insight into her feelings on Instagram last year: “My grief can be paralyzing but I'm learning how to live alongside it," she said.

In a video, she went on to explain how some advice from her step-daughter Scout had helped her work through the grief she was experiencing over Bruce’s diagnosis owing to the couple’s deep love for each other: "As my step-daughter @scoutlaruewillis told me, grief is the deepest and purest form of love. I hope you find some comfort in that too."

Emma Heming Willis often takes to her Instagram to give fans updates on her husband's condition. In March 2023, she posted a lot around the time surrounding his 68th birthday on March 19.

Taking to the social media site along with Demi Moore, and Bruce's three older daughters, Emma shared a sweet video of the entire Willis-Heming-More family singing happy birthday to the Die Hard actor. 

WATCH: Bruce Willis' blended family sing happy birthday

The former model also posted her own compilation of clips celebrating their relationship over the years. "He is pure love. He is so loved. And I’ll be loving him always. Happy Birthday my sweet," Emma captioned her post lovingly on Instagram.

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