Bruce Willis’ biggest peeve with wife Emma: she doesn’t use screw tops properly

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Action star Bruce Willis and his model/skincare maven wife, Emma Helming Willis, are on the cover of the November issue of ELLE Decor. The magazine features photos of their gorgeous estate in Bedford, New York, a suburb about an hour outside of Manhattan.

In the photo spread, 62-year-old Bruce and his 39-year-old bride, along with their daughters Mabel, five, and Evelyn, three, are shown enjoying quality time together on the property’s grounds. We also get to see Emma frolicking in her gold lame Bottega Veneta gown, which is exactly what I wear when I kick around the house.

The accompanying interview is conducted by director M. Night Shyamalan, who directed Bruce in The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Unlike most Shyamalan efforts, there’s no twists to be found in this interview. Here are some highlights:

Where is Bruce’s “Zen Zone”?:
“With two kids? Not many places to find peace, but my office works. I’ve made it so boring in there that the kids want nothing to do with it.”

Bruce dislikes social media:
“I want nothing to do with social media, so I leave that up to Emma, who’s much savvier in that department than I am. I check e-mails and texts at some point during the day, but that’s the extent of being connected for me.”

They were asked which habit of the other’s drives them crazy
Bruce: “Emma tends to set lids back on the top of jars and the cap on top of the toothpaste tube instead of twisting them down. Drives me nuts when I go to pick them up and everything spills out.”

Emma: “I grab from the base and not from the cap, so I find it’s one less thing for me to do when I go to use the item. Screwing things back on is an extra, unnecessary step; it’s time I could use on other things. But I feel I’ve improved in the area greatly because I know what a hot topic this is for Bruce!”

Emma says Bruce likes to keep the house clean
“Bruce is very domesticated. His mother taught him well! He really is great at housekeeping. I mean, granted, we have a housekeeper, Lety, who has been with Bruce for more than 30 years — she is family to us and has helped me so much with our girls; she’s also a big part of Bruce’s older girls’ lives. But he’s very proactive! She’s probably stuck around as long as she has because Bruce really helps keep everything in tip-top condition, which makes her life easier.”

[From ELLE Decor]

Bruce is currently working with M. Night on Glass, which brings together Bruce and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable with James McCoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from Split. Bruce is also resurrecting John McClane for a sixth Die Hard movie. The new film is set to be directed by Len Wiseman, who was responsible for the fourth film in the series, Live Free or Die Hard. This latest installment centers around John McClane in present day (played by Bruce) and in his early career as a beat cop in 70s-era New York (played by a still-to-be-cast actor.)

I always liked Bruce Willis (although he remains the most famous person to back out of an interview with me) and he’s got a lovely family. But that house, wow. Definitely #lotterygoals for me.

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  1. Originaltessa says:

    Omg, vomit. What is this crap? Domesticated bliss for super rich Bruce Willis with wife half his age?? Shocking!

  2. PIa says:

    M. Night Shymalan interviewing Bruce and his wife Emma for Elle Decor magazine…..never saw this one coming.

    PS: Was surprised by the end of Split, although that might be a minor spoiler you included in the article?

  3. minx says:

    He’s a big ole Republican, so, no appeal there for me.

    • Neelyo says:

      Yep. Plus he’s doing a remake of DEATH WISH. Hard pass.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and he’s kind of a d*ckhead, esp in interviews when he’s promoting movies. like a grumpy old man who doesn’t really want to be there.

    • anon1 says:

      so all republicans are bad? bet you’d never say that based on color or race or religion?

      • minx says:

        You can’t control your color or race. You can control whether or not you’re with a party that is for greed, sexism, homophobia and screwing the working class.

  4. Nayru says:

    He’s too old to have a child that young. There, now it’s been said. The age difference is uncomfortable, but 40 is old enough to know who you are and what you want out of life.

  5. Incredulous says:

    I used to know someone who was the same, it is amazingly annoying.

  6. Nayru says:

    The risk of autism and other developmental disorders increases with paternal age.

  7. Keira says:

    Clearly he has a physical type he prefers lol.

  8. amilu says:

    I read recently that he purchased upwards of $1million in gifts for Aaron Carter when he was still very young. Very odd…

    • Originaltessa says:

      What? Links?? I want to believe that’s highly exaggerated and he was trying to get him to perform for his then young daughters, but still… gross.

      • amilu says:

        Apparently Aaron Carter mentioned the financial gifts as assets in court when he was suing his mother in 2003. There honestly aren’t any good links, but I saw enough hits online to make me wonder.

        Many of the links I found cited a article written by Jeannette Walls in 2004. But that link is dead now. The following text was allegedly buried at the bottom of the article:

        “Bruce Willis bought Aaron Carter $1 million worth of gifts, a recent lawsuit by the teen heartthrob against his mother revealed. Willis rep didn’t return The Scoop’s calls wanting to know what prompted Willis’ generous bouts of gift-giving. . . .”

  9. Penfold says:

    (I think you mean James McAvoy from Split, not McCoy.)

  10. D says:

    Not setting the lids back on jars properly would really annoy me as well

    • jwoolman says:

      My older brother used to rant and rave because my mother and I would squeeze the toothpaste in the middle instead of starting at the bottom and carefully curling it upward. As an adult, I finally wondered why the heck he didn’t just buy his own toothpaste and put his name on it. We wouldn’t have touched his Precious. Life is too short for causing yourself such stress.

      I still squeeze the toothpaste wherever I please until it gets more toward empty. I enjoy the challenge. And the fact that it would drive brother dearest up the wall if he were here to see it.

    • jwoolman says:

      If she’s consistent, he should just develop the habit of giving them a spin when he sees them. Or at least approach with caution.

    • sunnydaze says:

      I absolutely have this problem and it drives my husband NUTS. Truth be told, I don’t mean to do this, but for some reason I have a really, really hard time screwing things on – they always wind up “stuck” because I can’t line the grooves up right, and I’ll try several more times to re-screw them, but eventually I’ll just give in. I have no idea why I have such a problem with this – I always have. I try to be much more deliberate ever since I didn’t screw a pill bottle lip on properly and a bunch of ibuprofen scattered around the kitchen when it accidentally fell and I couldn’t be sure if our dog found one. But more often than not I get really frustrated I can’t line things up right.

  11. Heather says:

    The child has the chin

  12. gwen says:

    Well if that’s the only issue they have I guess everything is rosey.

  13. Electric Tuba says:

    What…what did I just read? What am I doing with my day right now? Why did I read that? What are these choices I’ve made today?

  14. S says:

    I get that there’s a huge editorial and control difference, but there’s something somewhat twisted about bragging about protecting your children from the paparazzi, under a posed picture with them on a magazine cover.

  15. Ytbtet says:

    She is pretty and could have married better even if Bruce is rich the age difference is too much after 15 years it’s just gross. I mean don’t you want to grow old together ?

  16. crazydaisy says:

    “No matter how beautiful a woman is, eventually you get tired of her.” –Bruce Willis

    (Is it just me or does the new model resemble Demi more than a little?)

  17. JA says:

    Hahaha my husband’s hates me for the same reason! Grab from the base and get over it

  18. Angre says:

    They couldn’t have got a better pic of the two kids than one of them picking her nose? Man that poor kid.