Tallulah Willis & Demi Moore's Strained Relationship: 'I Didn’t Talk to My Mom for Almost 3 Yrs'

The relationship between mothers and daughters can be complex, even more so when the mom in question is a mega-celebrity like movie star Demi Moore.

Tallulah Willis opened up about her difficulties in dealing with her mother Demi Moore on Jada Pinkett Smith's talk show, "Red Table Talk."

Joining her around the famous round table were her mother, her older sister Rumer, and, of course, Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

For years, Tallulah revealed, she was intimidated by her mother's overwhelming personality and by her iron strength

Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Rumer and Tallulah Willis at the premiere of "Live Free Or Die Hard" in 2007, in New York | Source: Getty Images

Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Rumer and Tallulah Willis at the premiere of "Live Free Or Die Hard" in 2007, in New York | Source: Getty Images

MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS

Today, Demi and Tallulah are reconciled and quarantined together, along with dad Bruce Willis and the rest of the family, in the "Spirit" actress' home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

This is a far cry from their previous estrangement, during which Tallulah, Demi's youngest daughter went three years without speaking to her mother.

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 A SHARED ADDICTION

Tallulah, who along with her sister Rumer had lived through the nightmare of Demi's dependence on alcohol throughout her childhood, revealed:

“It’s like the sun went down and like, a monster came. I remember there’s just the anxiety that would come up in my body when I could sense that her eyes were shutting a little bit more, the way she was speaking."

 Rumer Willis and Demi Moore at the premiere of "Palo Alto" in Los Angeles in 2014

Rumer Willis and Demi Moore at the premiere of "Palo Alto" in Los Angeles in 2014

Then in her teens, Tallulah found herself fighting the same problem. At 14, Tallulah was drinking heavily, and at 15 she nearly died alcohol poisoning. Her sister Rumer convinced her to go to Demi for help, who had since then recovered from her dependency.

Demi Moore at an event launching "Empire" and "Star" at One World Observatory in 2017 in New York | Source: Getty Images

Demi Moore at an event launching "Empire" and "Star" at One World Observatory in 2017 in New York | Source: Getty Images

BROUGHT TOGETHER BY A BOOK

For years, Tallulah revealed, she was intimidated by her mother's overwhelming personality and by her iron strength. She said

“I don’t think my mom was raised, she was forged. You know, like, she was made. And the strength that comes from that is intimidating, and it’s scary.”

Then in September 2019, Demi released her memoirs, "Inside Out," and reading the book gave Tallulah much needed insight into the vulnerable woman behind the mask of the movie icon. Tallulah said:

“I felt like my mom made a choice to hold back certain things, like sharing about her past, and I think it always made me feel very far away from her.”

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AN INVALUABLE INSIGHT

But the release of "Inside Out," a #1 New York Times bestseller, changed all that for Tallulah. For the first time, she felt she could understand her mother, her struggles, and the source of her indomitable -- and intimidating -- strength. That resulted in unrealistic expectations of herself as a kind of superwoman, Demi revealed:

"You guys created a standard for me of your expectation that was also greater than what you would put on anybody else? Like, my room for error was very little.”

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Channeling love and strength to every mother to be, tired mamas, step moms, and mamas who’ve lost something precious. I’m sending it to anyone who struggles to celebrate a day when it reminds them of a loss. I didn’t talk to my mom for almost 3 years and during that shattered time this day would transport me from fragmented pieces to absolute dust. I remember tearing up driving to work upon hearing a radio ad that cheerily recommend which ‘perfume Mom would absolutely adore’. I digested the entire celebratory nature of the day as an insensitive slight to MY pain and MY story. However, my story changed. Through a metamorphosis of inward self reflection and a malleability to forgive, 3 years did not stretch to forever. The gratitude of that truth has never lost its potency. I am magnetically transfixed by my mother, if you know me personally you know the magnitude of her presence in my life. I often wonder what kind of connection could be formed were I to meet the 26 year old Demi. I think we’d have a lot of laughter. The kind where you are silent and doubled over and gasping for a sliver of air. The here and now is a day that started with a running hug to my maternal deity and a sloppy cheek kiss. I revel in all that you are @demimoore and all that you continue to teach me. I witness what this day means for you, and where you came from. Every nook and cranny of you is worthy and gilded. I love you eternally your baby, tallulah belle

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TRAUMA AT 15

The truth was that Demi was a deeply troubled woman who had been handed over to a man who paid her alcoholic mother $500 at the age of 15. Jada revealed that her own mother Adrienne had also had dependency issues and has been sober for many years.

Jada called on the women to break the cycle and the codependency, which she knows is present in her own life., through her relationship with her own mother who is a recovered addict. Jada has seen the effects of codependency in her own life, and in her daughters.

The Willis girls admitted to an inheritance of profound insecurity, insecurity they acquired from Demi. That same insecurity was hidden and denied by that iron-hard will that would lead Demi to international superstardom.

A TIME OF PAIN

Demi's memoir admitted in her book that at 50 she found herself completely alone, divorced from her second husband Ashton Kutcher, and estranged from her daughters and her life-long friend, ex-husband Bruce Willis. At the time of her second marriage, Demi's obsession with having another baby had her daughters feeling like they weren't "enough."

The marriage to Kutcher would open the door to her relapse into alcohol abuse after Demi had a miscarriage at 6 months. Demi started drinking socially, which quickly degenerated. The actress equates her relationship to Kutcher as being part of an addictive cycle, and once it was over, she was devastated.

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RECOVERY 

After an overdose at the time of her divorce in 2013, her daughters came to her and took her to rehab. It saved her life and today, at 57, Demi is once again sober.

Demi is reconciled with her daughters, and once again close to her ex-husband Bruce Willis. The Moore-Willis women are united in their strength and their love for each other and supporting each other in their sobriety.

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