Demi Moore and Bruce Willis separated in 2000 after being married for ten years and welcoming three daughters together, but unlike most divorced couples, they are just as close as ever.
"Ghost" actress Demi Moore revealed in her emotional memoir, "Inside Out," she and her ex-husband of 10 years "Die Hard" star Bruce Willis's relationship was stronger after they filed for divorce in 2000.
The parents of three daughters, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Belle, first meet in 1987 at a premiere for the cop movie "Stakeout," which starred Moore's then-fiance Emilio Esteves. At the time, Moore thought Willis was a jerk.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore pictured at the "The Juror" Los Angeles Premiere. | Photo: Getty Images
However, as the night progressed, so did Moore's opinion about her future husband. In her book, the actress detailed how she felt about him as she described Willis as gallant and a real gentleman in his boisterous way.
During the evening, Willis asked for her number, and she left. Moore goes on to share a true movie moment; while driving on the Pacific coast highway on her way home, she heard her name, so Moore looked into the next land and saw:
"It was a stretch limousine in the next lane, with Bruce Willis and his buddies poking through the open sunroof, waving and shouting, 'Hey Demi!'"
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore pictured together during their relationship. | Photo: Getty Images
The two formed a connection that night because four months later, they were married, and Moore was pregnant with their first daughter, Rumer. Later in 1991, they welcomed Scout and three years later had their youngest, Tallulah.
During their marriage, Moore was at the peak of her stardom, while Willis's career was just starting, which caused friction between the husband and wife.
The pair's relationship was also plagued by rumors that they were breaking up. It got to a point in 1993, where Moore acknowledged the rumors and said the gossip would not stop until one day when it was right.
According to Moore, during their marriage, Willis was controlling and wanted her to quit her career to focus on their daughters and be a stay-at-home mom. Meanwhile, she felt he could do whatever he wanted. Furthermore, in her autobiography, she claimed Willis once said:
"This is never going to work if you're off shooting a film."
He also told the actress that he didn't know if he wanted to be married after she landed the lead role in the iconic movie "Ghost." So frustrated and devastated, Moore told him to leave. However, it was not that easy for Willis.
He could not commit to walking away from their marriage or staying together while her career halted and his career took off. So, in consequence, the devoted parents started spending less time together until, in 1998, they announced their separation.
Two years later, the couple filed for divorce, and it was finalized the same day. Unlike many other couples, Willis and Moore grew closer from their divorce as they channeled the love from their marriage into their children. Moore revealed in her book:
"We managed to move the heart of our relationship,... into something new that gave the girls a loving, supportive environment with both parents."
That's not to say that their split was easy. Moore admitted in her memoir that the divorce was difficult but something that she was proud of because they handled it mutually and with their daughters' interests in mind.
Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah and Ashton Kutcher pictured at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' film "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle," 2003. | Photo: Getty Images
Moore explained that she believed Willis was worried that she would make their separation difficult and express her anger by obstructing his access to the kids. However, that did not happen.
Neither parent turned to "all of those plots divorcing couples use as weapons" and instead focused on co-parenting and building a friendship that would benefit not only themselves but their daughters, who are still the root of their relationship.
Since divorcing over 20 years ago, Willis and Moore have been a constant in each other's lives as they raised their daughters and later blended families in harmony.
Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Hemming attending CocoBaba and Ushopal activity, 2019 in Shanghai, China. | Photo: Getty Images
Their efforts to maintain their tight-knit family did not go unnoticed by their children. In 2015 oldest daughter Rumer told Larry King that she was grateful that her parents made such an effort to make the situation work.
Both parents went on to find love with other people. Willis married model Emma Hemming in 2009 and welcomed two daughters Evelyn Penn and Mabel Ray, with her.
Moore married "That 70s Show" actor Ashton Kutcher in 2005, but they later filed for divorce in 2013. The "Striptease" actress did not hold back in her memoir while writing about her relationship with Kutcher.
Although Moore wrote she had never been so happy in her life while married to married to Kutcher. Their relationship faced hardship, including a heartbreaking pregnancy loss and infidelity rumors.
Moore described how hard she tried to be the perfect wife for Kutcher when he started to become less present in their marriage. Unfortunately, the union did not last, and they split in 2013.
Kutcher married his "That 70s Show" costar Mila Kumis and the two welcomed two children together. While Moore, whose first husband was Freedy Moore, never remarried after Kutcher.
However, the "Disclosure" actress seems very happy with her life and her blended family with Willis, their children, and his wife and their children.
The blended family even spent time in quarantine together during the covid 19 pandemic last year. At the time, Moore and her daughter shared photos of the family spending time together on Instagram.
Willis joined his ex-wife and their daughters and self-isolated in their Idaho home, where the couple had raised their children. Later Hemming and his two daughters joined them.
In Naomi Campbell's YouTube series "No Filter With Naomi," Moore shared that their time together as a family was one of the blessings that came out of the pandemic and added that she felt grateful for their time together.
Moore and Willis are indeed an example of how divorced parents can work together, be involved in one another's lives, and create a secure environment for their children to grow up in.
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