Ashton Kutcher has opened up about the two big relationships in his life. He’s finally addressed allegations he cheated in his first marriage to Demi Moore and has paid an emotional tribute to his wife and the mother of his two children, Mila Kunis.
Ashton and Mila were a couple on That ’70s Show and the actor, who is six years Mila’s senior, was her first onscreen kiss ever.
After the show ended, Mila bumped into him post-divorce at an award ceremony and she previously admitted that it was at that moment that they fell in love.
He paid tribute to his spouse and their children, Wyatt, two, and Dimitri, four months, as he picked up the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines in his home state of Iowa on Saturday and spoke of his positive outlook on life.
He said: “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you learn from the mistakes that you make and how you perceive the world that’s coming at you.
“Because life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Every single time. And as long as you have love and kindness and optimism and a pursuit of something greater in your heart, you’re the lucky one. So this award is for you. It is for my family, it’s for all four of my parents, it’s for my wife, who kicks my ass on character every day.
“I’m telling you, this morning, I woke up and she kicked my ass on character.
“I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids before she woke up and I let her sleep a little bit and then she’s like, ‘Well, now you’re gonna act tired? I do it every day.’ But it was a character moment, right? Because she’s right!”
However, they were previously both in serious relationships and Ashton took the time to speak about Demi.
The Two And A Half Men star began dating the Hollywood icon, who is 15 years his senior, in 2003 and they married two years later. The couple split in 2011 following months of media speculation and, in 2012, Kutcher filed for divorce.
The actor took a swipe at the allegations he was unfaithful and said his “name (was) splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer like five years ago”.
He added: “Character comes out when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you gotta go out and perform tomorrow, with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer.”
He added the divorce helped him understand his parents’ split.
Elsewhere, he admitted that being a parent has been the “greatest lesson in character” of his life and thinks having children is an “amazing honour”.
He said: “When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honour, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.”