Reports of relationship trouble for the couple first
surfaced in September (2011) when Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore spent their
sixth wedding anniversary (24 September 2011) apart.
They refrained from commenting on allegations of a
break-up or addressing speculation about Kutcher's infidelity, and they
appeared to be trying to work through any problems by making an effort to spend
more time together.
The actress was recently spotted visiting Ash on the set
of his TV show Two and a Half Men,
but rumours continued to circulate about a split when Moore failed to show up
for Kutcher last month as he was honoured at the GQ Gentleman's Ball for his
work with their joint charity initiative.
Now Moore, 49, has made the split official - although she
only hints at the affair scandal with a woman named Sara Leal, which appears to
have prompted her to leave 33-year-old Kutcher.
A statement released on Thursday (17 November 2011)
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."
Releasing his own statement via Twitter.com, Kutcher
writes, "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
Last month, Sara Leal went public in a tabloid tell-all with
claims that she had intimate relations with Kutcher during a summer fling in California.
There has also been media speculation over whether Ashton is the father of his
ex-girlfriend January Jones’ child. January has so far refused to name the
DON'T MISS: Our gallery of pics showing the breakdown of the couple's relationship.