Demi Moore is leaving Ashton Kutcher after six years of marriage. The 49-year old actress gave a statement confirming the split to The Associated Press on Thursday.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton, Moore told The AP. 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.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 24, Kutcher allegedly had a tryst with 23-year old Sara Leal in a San Diego hotel, where he had spent the previous evening partying with friends while Moore was in New York City to promote Five, a breast cancer anthology in which Moore has a directing credit.
TheDirty.com first broke the story of Ashton's alleged affair when an acquaintance of Leal's emailed Nik Richie (who runs TheDirty.com) to let him know about the affair.
IBTimes spoke with Nik Richie on Sept. 30.. While Richie said he was 100 percent sure the reports of the fling were accurate, his sources were telling him that Kutcher and Moore were committed to weathering the storm.
From everything I'm hearing, they're going to try and work it out, he told IBTimes. Without directly naming his sources, he said they are primarily business associates of the couple.
When asked if his sources believed the couple would just be staying together for the cameras, Richie said his impression was the the couple's interest in keeping their marriage together was genuine.
I think there is still animosity, Richie added. Ashton cheated on her, it's still a big deal...I think the communication is not really there between them.
The couple appeared to have been trying to mend their broken marriage. They attended a Kaballah service together in early October, and spent the subsequent weekend on a camping retreat, reportedly joined by Kaballah counselors.
The couple reportedly spent this past weekend at the Turks and Caicos Islands vacation home of Demi's ex-husband, Bruce Willis.
On Thursday afternoon, Ashton Kutcher tweeted a message in response to Moore's announcement. I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi, @aplusk (or his manager) wrote. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK.