In the mid-2000s, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were one of the most talked about couples in Hollywood.
The couple went public with their relationship in 2003 and married in 2005 when Demi was 42 and Ashton was 27. Their 15-year age gap has been the subject of much public discussion.
Despite a heartbreaking pregnancy loss in 2006, Ashton and Demi enjoyed a happy marriage, with the Punk star is developing a close bond with Demi’s three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis.
However, things finally went downhill in 2010 when the couple was first dogged by rumors that Ashton had cheated. They initially formed a united front but ended up announcing their separation in November 2011.
Although Ashton’s infidelity allegations were widely publicized, it wasn’t until 2019 that Demi spoke in detail about the end of their relationship, writing in her memoir that he cheated twice – once. with a 21-year-old he had met on a family outing to the bowling alley.
The Ghost The star claimed Ashton tried to justify his actions by saying the boundaries of their marriage had been blurred by the fact that they had had threesomes together in the past.
So, just two months after he and Demi announced their divorce, Ashton had already reconnected with his longtime friend and former That 70s show costar Mila Kunis, with the two sharing an off-screen kiss for the first time at a party at his house in January 2012.
Mila and Ashton have both maintained on separate occasions that their romantic relationship started out as a purely casual fling given that they were both newly single at the time.
But, as the story progressed, things got serious pretty quickly, and the two had moved in together in April 2012, more than a year before Demi and Ashton’s divorce was even finalized.
Of course, Ashton and Mila are now very happily married and share two children, Wyatt and Dimitri, ages 8 and 6. However, in a brand new interview, Ashton reflects on how he and Mila approached the issue of his relationship with Demi. rocky wedding at the start of their romance.
Speaking to Esquire, Ashton opened up about the pain of his divorce from Demi, in particular the shame he felt after his infidelity scandal broke.
“Nothing makes you feel like a failure like a divorce,” he said. “Divorce looks like a total fucking failure. You failed to wed.”
He recalled instances at industry events where he heard people talk about the rumors of his infidelities, calling the experience “humiliating and embarrassing.”
Reflecting on the end of their marriage and his role in the downfall, Ashton simply said, “You own the shit you did wrong, and you move on.”
Since his behavior was the talk of the town, Ashton’s close friends apparently weren’t exempt from hearing about his private escapades – including Mila.
Moving on to talk about how they went from old pals to lovers after his split from Demi, Ashton admitted his behavior was something Mila addressed head-on.
“You were an asshole,” he recalls her telling him, prompting some personal reflection on his part.
“Yeah, you’ve been an asshole for a good two years,” she seemingly added.
And while it may have hurt to be confronted with such brutal honesty from one of her longtime friends, Mila’s candor ended up serving Ashton for the best.
“The thing about Mila that accelerated our relationship was that I had always looked up to her,” he said, looking back on their quick romance. “His talents, his skills, his gifts. But I knew she didn’t need me. And she knew I didn’t need her.
He also added that one of the most important aspects of their relationship was that they were able to accept each other’s flaws.
In the past, Mila has opened up about the “fucked up” way she ended her nine-year relationship with Macaulay Culkin, which she admitted led to a “horrible, awful, awful breakup “.
She’s never explicitly spoken about infidelity, but she told Dax Shepard in 2018, “I screwed up. I was an asshole in my twenties and I’ll be the first to admit it. And it’s kind of something that took me a long time to come out and be like, ‘Yeah, you know what? I was an asshole”, and accept it. And I own it now.
Perhaps alluding to that common ground from their past relationship, Ashton said he and Mila were able to connect so quickly because they “already knew all the dirt about each other.”
Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, Ashton also made a rare comment about Demi’s tell-all memoir, which was released in 2019 and was full of details about their tumultuous marriage.
Obviously reluctant to elaborate on his thoughts on the book, Ashton said he was “damn pissed off” about the publication of his ex’s memoir, admitting his frustrations were mostly centered on his family’s private lives.
“I had finally gotten to a place where the press had really laid me off, Mila, my life and my family. And then the next day, [the paparazzi] are at my children’s school,” he said, adding definitively, “I don’t want to open anything in that area.