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Marriage spilt: Kutcher talks of divorce on Twitter

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher announced today they were ending their six-year marriage, ending months of speculation and rumours of affairs.

The marriage between Moore (49) and Kutcher (33) has been in trouble since late September when a part-time model went public about a brief affair she had with Two And A Half Men star Kutcher.

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Demi said.

"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."

The actress also asked for "compassion and privacy" and said it was a "trying time for me and my family".

Moore released her statement first and Kutcher quickly followed on Twitter where both were early converts to the social network, posting messages and pictures about their personal lives. Ashton has more than eight million followers and Moore has more than four million.

"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. Love and Light, AK," Kutcher tweeted.

Moore was married twice previously, the first time to singer Freddy Moore and the second to film star Bruce Willis, with whom she has three children. They divorced in 2000. She began dating Kutcher a few years after breaking up with Willis when Kutcher was a rising star on the TV sitcom That '70s Show.

Their affair immediately became fodder for the tabloid press because of their 16-year age difference, but in the months and years after their wedding, it seemed they were living happily ever after.

But Hollywood can be cruel to celebrity couples and speculation about Kutcher straying from his marriage began to surface earlier this year. In September, Sara Leal, a 22-year-old part-time model said she had slept with Kutcher twice over a wild weekend of partying.

"I was attracted to him and he was attracted to me," she said.

The couple posted cryptic Twitter messages. On September 23, the eve of their sixth anniversary, Moore quoting Greek philosopher Epictetus: "When we are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger."

Apparently, she couldn't forget.