Demi Moore announced yesterday that she is divorcing her husband Ashton Kutcher after 6 years of marriage.
A statement from Moore released Thursday reads:
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.
This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation.
Shortly after the announcement, Kutcher chimed in with his own statement on Twitter:
I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK.
The split follows reports that Ashton cheated on Demi with a 22-year-old named Sara Leal.
Ashton Kutcher and Sara Leal reportedly had a one-night stand in San Diego on September 24th 2011, the night of his 6-year wedding anniversary with wife Demi Moore.
According to reports, the two made out on a balcony hot tub and eventually had unprotected sex multiple times in their hotel room in San Diego.
After the story broke and Ashton’s infidelity was exposed, on an incredibly futile attempt to “work things out,” the couple took a camping trip together with friends in Santa Barbra in October 2011, but “they seemed cold to one another,” a witness told US Weekly at the time.
Later that month, photogs captured photos of a moving truck pulling out of their Los Angeles area home, further proving that their marriage was on the rocks.
“I don’t think Ashton is living at the house anymore. I haven’t seen him for over two months. I used to see him every once in a while and now I never see him. I saw Demi last week with her daughter Rumer, but as far is Ashton is concerned, I think he’s living at another place,” a neighbor said at the time.
In the weeks that followed, Demi showed up at at events looking thin and frail, most notably at the New York premiere of “Margin Call” on October 17th.
An expert noted that Demi Moore, who stands at 5-foot-5, appeared to weigh a shocking 90 pounds. “Everyone was remarking how thin Demi was, more so than usual,” an observer at the premiere told US Weekly. “She’s very upset, and hasn’t been eating,” another source told the magazine.
Just this past weekend, Ashton and Demi reportedly spent some well needed “couple time” together at Demi’s ex husband Bruce Willis’s vacation home in Turks and Caicos in another attempt to try and save their marriage. “They had to get away,” a source tells the latest issue of Us Weekly.
But apparently, it didn’t work, or perhaps Demi has simply had enough, seeing as Sara Leal isn’t the first woman come forward and admit that she slept with Ashton.
In October 2010, just one year before the latest cheating scandal, a 21-year-old student named Brittney Jones told Star Magazine that she had slept with Ashton at he and Demi’s home while Demi was out of town shooting a new movie.
She said she slipped him her number after meeting him and stepdaughter Rumer Willis at Lucky Srike bowling alley in Hollywood in July. After a few text messages back and forth, Jones and Kutcher met up for sex on the family’s couch.
“He was a great lover,” Brittney said. “Very considerate and sweet. And it was very special to me. I felt totally comfortable in his arms. It was tender and nice–not some random sex act.”
Ashton and Demi quickly shot down Brittney’s claims, which they called a “defamation of character.”
Now a year later, they’re divorcing, and Brittney Jones seems to have the last laugh. She told TMZ, “Although divorce is often sad I do feel somewhat vindicated. For so long people have thought that I was dishonest or just making up my passionate nights with Ashton, when in fact I was being used.”
She continued,” Ashton told me that both he and Demi had an ‘open relationship’ and that he was not in fact cheating. Now I can tell all the facts about how Ashton really was, and hopefully people will believe my side of the story.”
Despite everything, Jones says, “I feel for Demi very much and wish her nothing but the best during this hard time.”