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Willis, 26, took to Instagram on Sunday to share an image of her and Moore posing outdoors in what appears to be their yard. In it, she discussed the celebratory aspects of the holiday while also noting that it can be triggering for those who have experienced loss or hardship when it comes to their relationship with motherhood.
“Channeling love and strength to every mother to be, tired mamas, step moms, and mamas who’ve lost something precious,” she began her post. “I’m sending it to anyone who struggles to celebrate a day when it reminds them of a loss.”
In her 2019 memoir “Inside Out," Moore detailed that she struggled with addiction, resulting in a relapse after her marriage to Ashton Kutcher fell apart. In the book, the star was open about the fact that this caused a nearly irreparable rift between her and her daughters, which Willis discussed openly in her Mother’s Day post.
“I didn’t talk to my mom for almost 3 years and during that shattered time this day would transport me from fragmented pieces to absolute dust,” she wrote. “I remember tearing up driving to work upon hearing a radio ad that cheerily recommend which ‘perfume Mom would absolutely adore.' I digested the entire celebratory nature of the day as an insensitive slight to MY pain and MY story.”
However, after some work on Moore’s part, she found a path to reconnect with her family, for which Willis notes she still feels immense “gratitude."
“However, my story changed. Through a metamorphosis of inward self reflection and a malleability to forgive, 3 years did not stretch to forever. The gratitude of that truth has never lost its potency,” Willis wrote. “I am magnetically transfixed by my mother, if you know me personally you know the magnitude of her presence in my life. I often wonder what kind of connection could be formed were I to meet the 26 year old Demi. I think we’d have a lot of laughter. The kind where you are silent and doubled over and gasping for a sliver of air.”
Willis went on to explain how she’s living in the present, not the past when it comes to her relationship with her mom.
“The here and now is a day that started with a running hug to my maternal deity and a sloppy cheek kiss. I revel in all that you are @demimoore and all that you continue to teach me. I witness what this day means for you, and where you came from. Every nook and cranny of you is worthy and gilded. I love you,” she concluded her lengthy post. “Eternally your baby, tallulah belle.”
Although the post was quite serious, Willis kept things lighter in a follow-up post showing her mom treating a somewhat embarrassing injury.
"But also a more accurate representation is D picking splinters out of my buns with a magnifying glass," Willis captioned the follow-up snap.
Moore wrote in her book that the collapse of her marriage to Kutcher impacted her mental and physical health. The couple divorced in 2013.
She broke her 20-year sobriety and began abusing Vicodin and alcohol. Her three daughters Tallulah, Scout and Rumer, whom she shares with ex-husband Bruce Willis, stopped speaking to her.
In a previous interview on “Red Table Talk” Tallulah spoke candidly about that time in her mom’s life.
“I remember there’s just the anxiety that would come up in my body when I could sense that her eyes were shutting a little bit more, the way she was speaking. Or she would be a lot more affectionate with me if she wasn’t sober," she said.
She added: “It was very weird, and there were moments where it would get angry. I recall being very upset and kind of treating her like a child and speaking to her like a child. It was not the mom that we had grown up with.”