Demi Moore (pictured in 2011) misses the life she had with her former husband Ashton Kutcher. | Stephen Lovekin~Getty Images
Updated: December 19, 2011 8:19AM
Despite extensive efforts to save their marriage, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore finally are calling it quits.
The 49-year-old actress announced the split Thursday and implied it was her 33-year-old husband’s alleged infidelities that led to the collapse of the couple’s marriage:
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. 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,” said Moore in her statement, also asking for privacy during this “trying time for me and my family.”
As he usually does, Kutcher used Twitter to respond, tweeting, “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.”
† A longtime Hollywood friend of Moore’s told me Thursday that the “ultimate deal-breaker was Ashton’s inability to 100 percent promise he wouldn’t stray again.” Apparently, despite outward appearances of cheerfulness exhibited by the couple during a Caribbean retreat last weekend to the Turks & Caicos vacation home of Moore’s ex-husband, Bruce Willis, the duo actually escaped to the private compound to hammer out details on ending their marriage.
Along with earlier rumors of Kutcher’s extramarital romps, several sources close to Moore have confirmed it was the humiliating fling with San Diego administrative assistant Sara Leal — on the weekend of Moore and Kutcher’s sixth anniversary in September — that pushed the actress over the edge.
Even after that, however, she did try — via Kabbalah relationship instructors and other marital counselors — to save her damaged marriage.
‘TWI-HARD’ FEELINGS? Seems there’s a bit of chilliness directed at Nikki Reed from a bunch of her fellow “Breaking Dawn” cast members. While there could be some truth to Reed’s comments in a recent Seventeen mag interview (about fame having negated the “one big happy family” feeling that existed among the young actors before “Twilight” became such a huge franchise), “going public with it was not a smart thing to do,” said a studio insider who works on the “Twilight” flicks.
Reed also said that now filming is completed, she doubts any of the cast members “will hang out” together in the future, except to promote “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” the final film in the series, when it’s released next year.
TV TALK: It looks like comedian and small-screen chatter queen Joy Behar will be ending her nightly HLN talk show at the end of this year, when her contract is up. According to deadline.com, Behar’s split with HLN owner Turner Broadcasting is very amicable and she may pursue other TV opportunities with the company in the future.
Behar will continue on “The View,” where she has a long-term deal. A source at “The View” told this column it was the tough schedule of doing both daily shows that led to Behar’s decision.
† As “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner thinks about the right way to wrap up his award-winning hit series about the advertising biz in the ’60s, there’s buzz he may pen a finale that will include a contemporary twist. Given Don Draper would be 84 now, aging Jon Hamm would require quite the makeup job!
STAGE SET: There will be a special guest “star” at Sunday’s premiere of “Another Night Before Christmas” at Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind. — WGN-Channel 9 weather guru Tom Skilling, who voices three weather reports that are heard in the show, including one warning listeners to get out their Snuggies to bear down for the cold weather.
MAKIN’ MUSIC: Hershey Felder, the one-man musical phenomenon who is wowing audiences with his fantastic “Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein” at the Royal George Theatre through Dec. 30, will perform excerpts from the show from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park.
STILL ON LSD: Skip Haynes, the composer of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah’s iconic “Lake Shore Drive,” was in town this week celebrating the 40th anniversary of the catchy tune’s release and making plans for 2012.
That included a meeting with furniture king Tim Smithe about a possible Walter E. Smithe commercial, chatting up the release of a new album with his old bandmates and laying the groundwork for a spring concert with the guys — tied to some serious fund-raising to feed the hungry.
Haynes quipped, that “like the Blues Brothers, we’re on a ‘Mission for God’ ” and reminded me that folks can get a personalized version of “Lake Shore Drive” by going to lakeshoredrivemusic.com.