While in West Des Moines, Iowa, this past weekend, credited rumors of infidelity during his marriage to — and from — with helping shape the man he is today.
“I’m also probably the first person to get this award for character who had, like, his name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer like five years ago,” he said, alluding to his high-profile split from the 54-year-old actress.
“Character comes 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.”
Kutcher and Moore despite their much buzzed-about 15-year age difference.
When they six years later, a friend of the 39-year-old actor said the marriage “[had] been deteriorating for a long time.”
Moore “really wanted to save the marriage but couldn’t deal with the pain of his cheating,” added the friend.
The breakup followed reports that 22-year-old Sara Leal with the Two and a Half Men star on his sixth wedding anniversary with Moore.
The couple announced their split in separate statements.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton,” said Moore in a statement. “As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”
Kutcher added, “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.”
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While his marriage to Moore didn’t last, Kutcher found love again with his former costar .
The duo crossed paths at an awards show shortly after Kutcher became single again, the 33-year-old actress last year.
“I see this guy and I see his back and he’s really tall,” Kunis says of seeing Kutcher. “Then he just turns around and it was literally like if we were in a movie, the music would start playing and the violins would go. I think for the first time ever he took my breath away – I was like f—, he’s good-looking.”
After catching up with each other, Kunis said the actor invited her to his housewarming party. Although it was later discovered that Kutcher had intended to set Kunis up with one of his friends, the sparks between the pair were undeniable.
“Long story short, I didn’t leave until the next morning,” she revealed. “[It was the] first time I ever slept over while I was single.”
It wasn’t long before the couple a daughter named Wyatt Isabelle, on Oct. 1, 2014.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s the greatest thing on Earth,” the actor said while speaking of fatherhood for the first time on . “We’re really privileged that we have time and can afford to take time. So we don’t have a nanny or a night nurse or any of the stuff. It’s .”
The couple, who in a private ceremony in July 2015, announced they were their second child in July 2016.
Their son, , was born on Nov. 30, and weighed in at 8 lbs., 15 oz.
However, Kutcher admitted to being .
“The first one, I almost became a doula. I was reading every book. I was ready. I had like a catcher’s mitt on,” star joked. “This one, I haven’t done anything. I’m like, ‘Well, we didn’t break the first one.’ They’re really durable — that’s what you realize. They don’t break very easily.”
During this past weekend’s awards ceremony, Kutcher called his young children “the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life.”
“When my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me,’ ” he quipped.