The Dancing With the Stars contestant spoke with Larry King Monday on his show, Larry King Now, about how the divorce impacted her growing up, and she applauded her parents’ efforts to maintain stability.
“I never had to split up vacations or split up birthdays,” Willis, 26, told King. “They always made an effort to do all of the family events still together and made such an effort to still have our family be as one unit, as opposed to two separate things, which I think really made an impact.”
Fifteen years later, both parents remain friendly. In fact, the duo crossed paths recently on the set of DWTS on March 16, to watch their daughter perform.
However, Willis admitted to King that her upbringing wasn’t always easy.
“I think one of the hardest parts was growing up with having your whole life kind of be on display and have people have an opinion about it,” she said. “Before you learn how to kind of get a tough skin or to really just have confidence in who you are without letting other people’s opinions affect that, that can sometimes be really hard and really get you down.”
But Willis said Moore taught her how to stay strong.
“She’s very strong, and I think I’ve learned a lot of the integrity that I try to hold for myself and everything that I do and the value that I try and put out in the world [from her],” she said of her mom. “She always says, ‘Live in whatever your integrity is, and go out to the world and present yourself how you want to present yourself and how you want people to see you.’ ”