Ashton & Demi: Portrait of a Marriage
Amid September 2010 tabloid reports that he had been unfaithful, Ashton Kutcher took to Twitter, calling the charges "defamation of character." Demi Moore agreed, Tweeting her support of her husband and sharing photos of them on the set of her movie The Reasonable Bunch and curled up in bed on their fifth wedding anniversary. A friend insisted the couple were fine, telling PEOPLE the twosome seemed .
Moore stood by her man at the premiere of his 2009 movie Spread, while Kutcher supported his wife for 2008's Flawless. When their respective jobs called for a red carpet appearance, the actors rarely posed alone.
They gave their regards to Broadway in 2009 as Kutcher made his Great White Way debut alongside his wife in The 24 Hour Plays, a benefit for the Urban Arts Partnership, which supports arts in N.Y.C. public schools. Moore even showed up when Kutcher hosted Saturday Night Live in 2005 – and mocked their age gap by dressing like an elderly woman.
"Your man should not upstage you," Kutcher once wrote in a Harper's Bazaar essay about fashion. "He is there to highlight you." He lived up to his words, choosing subtle tones to accent his wife at her 2009 perfume launch (right) and opting for soft stripes at 2008's Chrysalis Butterfly Ball (left).
ALL DAY P.D.A.
"I hate Valentine's Day. I think every day should be a day of romance," Kutcher said – and boy, did he mean it! Whether snuggling on the red carpet – or posting their racy plans for the night on Twitter – Moore and Kutcher had no problem celebrating their love publicly. Moore even posted this shot, writing, "Race u to the bedroom" on her hand.
The actors found passion projects they could work on together, promoting volunteerism with New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009, and taking up the cause of child exploitation and human trafficking. "It's something that we looked at together and we've done a lot of research on," Kutcher told Lisa Ling on Oprah.com. "It's time to make it an agenda item."
"Ashton's relationship with his own mother is really wonderful, so it made the transition to being with a woman with daughters something he didn't bat an eye at," Moore told V magazine. Besides being close with Moore's girls Tallulah, Rumer and Scout (not pictured), the actor also maintained a friendly relationship with her ex Bruce Willis, who even guested on Kutcher's That '70s Show!
Whether checking out a New York Yankees-Los Angeles Dodgers game or flaunting their gym-toned bodies on a vacation to the Caribbean, the then-happy couple made sure to have fun together.
THE LAST SHOT
In the end, the private face of their marriage didn't match the public face. Following September 2011 reports of Kutcher's alleged infidelity, the couple went camping with their Kabbalah instructor in what was seen as a retreat to mend the relationship. It didn't work: A month later, Moore announced they were splitting, saying, "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." In reply, Kutcher Tweeted, "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."