Picking over the bones of the Ashton/Demi marriage
Excellent. U.S. Thanksgiving means that the tabloids are out early and People has this cover story. Interestingly enough, People here employs the same un-named sources and "friends" that Star and Us and In Touch and Life & Style usually consult. Perhaps, Ashton and Demi crossed the magazine in some terrible way. I am also very excited about the cover line, which makes it sound like a story about the end of the Third Reich with Demi in the role of Albert Speer and Ashton as Leni Riefenstahl.
"It was an unlikely romance from the start – and in the end, the six-year marriage of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore fell apart because of issues that had long fueled skepticism about their relationship: their famous 15-year age difference, his wandering eye, her insecurities. As a result, the marriage "[had] been deteriorating for a long time," a friend of Kutcher, 33, tells People in this week's cover story. "Ashton was ready to end it, [but] he wanted to wait for Demi to actually do it. He loved her but couldn't live with her. " Moore, 49, "really wanted to save the marriage but couldn't deal with the pain of his cheating," adds the friend. "They were fed up with each other," a second source tells People. Several friends note that the age gap between the former power couple – who are worth an estimated $290 million – caused Moore to doubt herself. "If anyone was uncomfortable with the age difference, it was Demi, not Ashton," says a Kutcher pal. "She drove him crazy after a while with questions and doubts. WOMEN. NO MATTER WHAT OR HOW, IT'S ALWAYS THEIR FAULT."
Not to be outdone, Us has this: "Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher aren't done talking. Following Moore's stunning Thursday announcement that she and Kutcher will end their six-year marriage, the pair reunited at the Beverly Hills home of a pal over the weekend, a source confirms to Us Weekly. Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, had been visiting the residence recently for counseling, explains the insider, adding, "it's affiliated with Kabbalah, and some of the people who go there refer to it as the 'Kabbalah House.' "The Margin Call actress and Two and a Half Men star arrived separately, but after about an hour inside the house, they were spotted leaving together, entering separate cars. "They seemed very somber," the source says. WEIRD. USUALLY WHEN PEOPLE SPLIT UP AND GO FOR LAST-DITCH COUNSELLING/TWO HOURS OF WEEPING, THEY SEEM HAPPY AND UP-BEAT WHEN THEY LEAVE. Despite Moore's long face, friends tell the new Us Weekly, that her spirits have been lifted since deciding to leave Kutcher, who cheated on her with Sara Leal, 22, on their sixth wedding anniversary back in September. "When I saw her in early November, she was confident," the source says. "She said she'd gotten to a self-loathing and vain place, but it was going to change."