Overheard on CNN.com: Cougartown roars over celebrity split
Demi Moore said she plans to divorce Ashton Kutcher. The couple began dating in 2003 and married in 2005.
November 18th, 2011
02:51 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Cougartown roars over celebrity split

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"Their marriage lasted six years longer than Kim Kardashian's."
- trankwill

So Demi Moore is planning to divorce Ashton Kutcher "with great sadness and a heavy heart." The marriage between Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, attracted a lot of attention because of the couple's age difference. Today is truly a sad day in Cougartown, and commenters are busy debating what it all means and sharing their experiences with similar relationships.

Demi Moore says she is divorcing Kutcher

Commenters picked sides in some cases. A lot of them rooted for Moore. mikelayai said, "Good move, Demi. This guy is such an obnoxious loser. I don't know how you put up with him for six years."

Others said Kutcher realizes he has plenty of other options. Kevininvanco said, "Can you blame Ashton? Demi looks like a senior citizen compared to some of the up-and-coming young girls that Ashton works with."

Some turned to the age-old cougars debate for answers. "This is the logical conclusion in this story," Benny Blanco said. " 'Cougars' want cubs. Cubs will grow up and want a cub too. Try not to act so surprised, ladies."

"It makes me laugh at these 20 somethings that think [Moore] is old," wfrobinette said. "Your life will fly by so fast you be in your 40's before you know what hit you. That is if you are lucky enough to do so."

xdougx and others put themselves in Kutcher's shoes. "I dated an older woman. It's all good when it's just about sex. As soon as she starts pushing for a relationship, take my advice and get the heck out of there."

But siracco said, "I have to congratulate Demi for sticking to her values. Many Hollywood wives have had to compromise theirs to hold on to their man."

Many said they have low expectations for celebrity marriages. chikumisra said, jokingly, "I just can't believe it.  This surely must be the first time a Hollywood couple is getting divorced.  They are typically known for their faith, fidelity, loyalty, stability.  I don't know what could have happened to cause this. "

And others, like Andre Guerrero, said the debate was "silly":

"Everyone here makes it seem like Ashton Kutcher is a baby and Demi Moore is a granny. He is in his 30s and she is in her 40s. Doesn't that put them both in the 'ADULT, I need to take responsibility for my actions,' category? Ashton and Demi lasted a really long time (marriage and dating) by today's standards. They are two people ending their marriage, either because one of them had an error in judgement or because they simply fell out of love. It has nothing to do with their age differences. People just change and want different things in life. Wanting change is manifested in their behavior, whether they realize it or not. Age is not an excuse for justify good/bad behavior."

LoudSilence said the institution of marriage is outdated. "We live in the USA. A country where people are free to live together unmarried or have sex with no attachment. Monogamy is no longer forced upon us. So why do people who cannot be monogamous get married promising to be faithful? People need to start being honest first with themselves then with others."

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  1. Hugh Jorgan

    Same thing happened to Bruce Willis.. He had to figure out how to show his face in public after Demi married Ashton, right? Too many people just don't think ahead.. Forever doesn't exist. Trust me..

    November 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Katie

    It's OK for old men to hook up with significantly younger women, yet their is no "cougar" label associated with that. What a double-standard. Old men hanging with young women disgusts me. They can't fathom dating anyone their age. Sad, pathetic men.

    November 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sheeshee31

    As an older woman who's married to a younger man I applaud them for lasting this long. My husband and I struggle daily to keep the love alive. We still write love letters, and while we may look we don't touch because we remember when we didn't have anyone but each other. So, I think it's more to the story than what we as media readers are aware of and to be honest it's none of our business what went on in their marriage. Also if these women/men that celebrities cheat with would stop running their mouths thinking that by missing and telling they're going to get something other than a few dollars and 15 seconds of fame celebrity marriages could last longer. They are breaking commandments by doing so and they still end up alone and frowned upon fur being a home wrecker

    November 20, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Amber

    Now, I am only 13, but all I can say is that some adults are just plain silly and immature. Every marriage is not perfect. Sometimes things just don't go right and they divorce. Another thing, this lady, Demi, is not old at all! Being old is about being the age of 70. Grow up. Once YOU turn into your late 40's, I will call you old.. How you like them apples? 😛

    November 20, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Name*Bucktooth

    Why would a mature woman want to be bothered with a Punk'd clown like Kutcher? Only she knows!

    November 20, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lovingliving

    Never was real anyway.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Insomniac

    Divorce is abt un-met expectations. But some expectations are unreasonable-like a 33 year old wanting to be with a 49 year old with no prospect of having his own kids.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. janovia

    yes, i am tired of many people saying how very old demi is vs how young ashton is. the fact is, they were aware of this from the beginning, and made a committment that did not work out. what keeps cropping up as a recurrent theme is that our society is biased toward all "older" people and continues to embrace the double standard for men vs women: older guys are still regarded as viable and attractive, and women over 40 are "hags", etc. well, people, we spend most of our lives being older, and it should be embraced and respected. and wish ashton and demi well. any marriage suffers stresses, and the pressures are immense for celebrities. besides, most people don't take their committment seriously enough or are willing enough to work the rough patches. just look at the high divorce rate.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. B.

    You are all funny folks! I am 56, widowed recently after 30 years of marriage to a younger man. We chose to not have children, tho he was R0 when we wed. The lack of caring in statements regarding age being a reason for cheating and divorce are stupid. I suspect that Demi will come out on top and Ashton will continue in his attempts to remain a spoiled little boy well into his 70s. He never did make up for what Demi always wanted... Bruce Willis as a noncheating spouse and father. She is no ones chopped liver, people...but Ashton is everyone's hot dog meat.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. bigwilliestyles

    Let's see if Moore is able to display the unmitigated class that Willis showed when she dumped him for Kutcher. Also, let's see if Willis' cool paid off and she runs back to him.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Teacup Hicup

    Yaawwwnnn. Who cares.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. bezerkur

    not many woman can pull off what she did. marry a guy that could have any woman or girl he wanted and kept the shackels on. she got a boy toy and im sure it boosted her esteem to epic levels and the envy of many. a cougars dream come true. for him wisdom and the ins and outs of the business. but lets be real here, why deny him a child of his own flesh, her baby making days are over and shes only going to look older quicker faster every year. nice run demi but you cant out run time. and besides its just the right thing.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. bezerkur

    btw a guy is capable of having children till the day he dies. a womans prime time is 20-35. a womans beauty is best from 18-30 natually. this cougar trend needs to stop. its disgusting.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Melissa

    Demi is gorgeous and talented and doesn't deserve the bashing you're givin her.keep your head up girl

    November 20, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Guess I'm Old Too

    I've been married 23 yrs. Age doesn't make or break a marriage. More like a lack of Love and Respect for each other.

    November 20, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
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