LOS ANGELES, Calif. –“Splitsville”—Actress Demi Moore is ending her marriage to Ashton Kutcher following months of divorce speculation, according to The Associated Press Thursday.
The couple’s relationship became tabloid fodder in recent months as rumors swirled about Kutcher’s alleged affair.
In September, a 22-year-old woman named Sara Leal claimed she had unprotected sex with Kutcher in San Diego. Leal claimed Kutcher told her he was “separated” from Moore at the time of the alleged affair.
“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,” according to her statement to the AP.
Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, were married in 2005 despite the 16-year age difference and amid jokes from late-night talk show hosts.
Following Moore’s statement to the press, Kutcher took to Twitter and wrote: “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.”
Amid infidelity rumor and a day before their sixth wedding anniversary, Moore, who often used Twitter to communicate with her fans quoted philosopher Epictetus: “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
Moore was previously married to actor Bruce Willis for 13 years. They had three daughters together — Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Belle — before divorcing in 2000. Willis later married model-actress Emma Heming in an intimate 2009 ceremony at his home in Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands that was attended by their children, as well as Moore and Kutcher.
The latest divorce news is just the tip of the ice berg for Kutcher, who took a barrage of criticism when he took to Twitter to protest the firing of Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
Kutcher soon realized his mistake, quickly backpedaled and admitted his ignorance. “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!” he wrote. “Didn’t have full story.” “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,”