Four years after his divorce from Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher commented on the cheating rumors surrounding their failed marriage while accepting the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in his home state of Iowa over the weekend.
Kutcher said, "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.”
"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,” he went on.
Kutcher also revealed what he learned from his divorce, saying, "I had the great fortune to fail again, and again and again. I had the great fortune of getting a divorce because I felt the impact of it and I felt how much loss is in there, and I felt how much love is in there… and I understood, finally, my parents’ divorce." Watch!
Since the divorce, Kutcher has moved on with wife Mila Kunis, who is also the mother of his two kids, Wyatt, 2, and Dimitri, 4 months. He pointed out that Kunis “kicks my ass on character every day.” He elaborated, "I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids before she woke up and I let her sleep a little bit and then she's like, 'Well, now you're gonna act tired? I do it every day.' But it was a character moment, right? Because she's right!"
As for their children, Kutcher calls them "the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life.” He admitted, "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.’”
Along with his family, he also paid tribute to his twin brother Michael. While fighting back tears, Ashton said, "My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn't a choice and that people aren't actually all created equal. The Constitution lies to us. We're not all created equal. We're all created incredibly inequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that."