Tough guy Bruce Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore have been divorced since 2000, but to this day they can agree on at least one thing – their children come first.
“You can’t spend a decade with someone and raise kids with her and come away unfeeling,” he explains to Men’s Journal. “I just put my head down and said, ‘The kids come first. And we’ll do whatever it takes and maybe even laugh about it’”
“Once you start putting the kids first, it isn’t uncomfortable,” he adds. “Bravery is stupid a lot of times, but there’s nothing stupid about this particular subject.”
The 55-year-old Die Hard star who is father to Rumer, 21, Scout, 18, and Tallulah, 15, has never been shy about expressing his devotion to his daughters:
I would step in front of a car for them… I’ve peeled every layer off and come to the bright core: it’s just a light… it’s when you can put someone else’s welfare ahead of yours. I can look at how I interact with my kids and say, ‘This is love. I know what it is. I got it.’
He goes on to say that he and Demi’s first daughter was a surprise: “When Rumer was born, I was 33. The baby was a surprise. But by that age I was really into it, like: ‘Let’s go! This is great!’”
“I don’t think I would have had a clue about what to do with kids in my 20s,” he explains. Back then, I didn’t want to be around kids or anyone else’s kids. I was busy trying to get this career thing going. I would’ve been that guy asking, “How am I going to pay for this? Does it all really end now?” For women there’s a whole different psychology attached. They start glowing immediately.”
The Cop Out star also shared some fatherly advice: “You’ve got to hope that you’ve sent them into the world with enough information and ammunition to be able to fight for themselves. You don’t want your daddy fighting your battles.”
Bruce is currently married to British model/actress Emma Heming, 31. The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Sunday (March 21).