Rumer Willis opened up on her gratitude for a functional family dynamic her parents Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have shared in coparenting since their split more than two decades ago.
Rumer, 33, opened up to People on Monday about how her A-list parents Moore, 58, and Willis, 66, have put their efforts toward getting along and not pitting one against the other over the years.
‘I’m incredibly grateful that both of my parents have made such an effort my entire life that I never felt like I had to choose between them,’ said Rumer, who is the older sister of Scout Willis, 30, and Tallulah Willis, 27.
The latest: Rumer Willis, 33, opened up on her gratitude for a functional family dynamic her parents Demi Moore, 58, and Bruce Willis, 66, have shared in coparenting since their split more than two decades ago. She was snapped last year in LA
Rumer recalled how she has ‘a lot of friends who grew up with parents who got divorced at a young age,’ and ‘watched their parents, like, pit them against each other or have to choose between holidays.
‘And I didn’t have to do that, and I feel so grateful that my parents made it such a priority that we could be a family, even though it looked different.’
Willis shares two younger daughters – Mabel Ray, nine, and Evelyn Penn, seven – with his wife of 12 years, Emma Heming Willis.
Rumer opened up about how the extended family spent the early days of the coronavirus pandemic with one another in Idaho, adding that ‘it was just amazing to be together and have so much time.
Rumer Willis, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Scout Willis, Emma Heming Willis and Tallulah Willis posed at an event for Moore’s 2019 book launch in LA
United front: Rumer, Bruce, Demi and Tallulah took a group photo in LA in 2018
‘Just to be able to really spend quality time and be outside and be in our family home and be not only with my sisters and my mom and their partners, but my little sisters and my dad and my stepmom.’
She said that ‘even though it was really challenging for the world,’ she was ‘deeply grateful’ for the chance to spend the time together.
Rumer said she and her relatives ‘have all really strived to have really deep and meaningful and honest communication’ amongst each other.
‘In any relationship – whether it’s with a partner, whether it’s with your family or your friends – that being honest and just really communicating well and having good tools for communication, I think, is so unbelievably important,’ she told the outlet.
Stylish: Rumer attended a Tom Ford fashion show in early 2020
In the chat with the magazine, Rumer also spoke about quitting smoking in recent years – an endeavor in which she said she was supported by her mother and sisters.
‘I think it helps, especially when you first start, when you’re not around it as much because then you see people doing it and you’re suddenly like, “Why did I quit? You should be doing this too,”‘ she said. ‘I’m very grateful that in my family, we have a support system for many of those things in our lives.’
Rumer opened up about the thought processes she went through in coming to the healthier decision.
‘I think there’s always going to be a reason to keep doing it in your mind, right?’ she said. ‘We can always create reasons to do anything. Like, “I do this” or “This is my one thing that I get,” or whatever the reasons are.
‘And I think for me, it was a lot about just being in a place where I didn’t want there to be anything in my life that I felt like if I don’t have it, I won’t be okay.’