Insiders close to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher reveal that the actor’s cheating was only the tip of the iceberg in their split.
The couple was dealing with his wandering eye as well as her insecurities with their 15-year age difference.
As a result, the marriage “[had] been deteriorating for a long time,” a friend of Kutcher, 33, revealed. “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,” the pal adds.
Friends close to Demi and Ashton said the age gap caused Moore to feel insecure.
“If anyone was uncomfortable with the age difference, it was Demi, not Ashton,” the friend said. “She drove him crazy after a while with questions and doubts.”
Demi Moore has headed to Hawaii for some “soul searching” after announcing her plans to divorce Ashton last week.
Moore spent the weekend throwing out her husband’s stuff from their Beverly Hills home before heading to Hawaii. Demi’s pal said the actress feels “fragile and alone,” but has promised to keep herself together even through her heartache.
“She’s determined to clear Ashton out of her life, but she has been crying and crying,” the source says. “Demi is heartbroken but keeps repeating the mantra, ‘I have to be strong.’ She’s in Hawaii to do a bit of soul-searching.”
Kutcher is feeling the strain of their split too. The actor tweeted last week, “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 fail.”
Ashton is still working on his show “Two and a Half Men” but is currently residing at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. A friend said, “[He is] going off the rails.”
Reports have surfaced that an open marriage may have led to their relationship’s unraveling. Demi reportedly has an interest in women and the couple enjoyed threesomes…but with the agreement that Ashton wouldn’t sleep with women on his own.
But another issue was Ashton’s wanting to be a father also played a part in the deterioration of their six-year-marriage.
An insider said, “He knows that with Demi he won’t have kids, and he really wants kids. We her married Demi, he didn’t realize is at the time. He didn’t get it.”
Last year in an interview, Asthon revealed he wasn’t sure if he wanted children or not, but when asked if he was worried about his wife’s biological clock he responded: “I think my wife is a genetic freak … I’m not worried.”
The crumbling of their marriage seems to be a culminaton of many different issues, but it’s still sad to see a couple so in love end in divorce.