Demi Moore Felt ‘Villainized’ by Her Family While Estranged From Her Daughters

Demi Moore once ranked as the highest-paid actress of all time. But despite her success in the entertainment industry, Moore‘s home life was a lot less glamorous. Not only did she have to go through two divorces with some of the most high-profile celebrities, but she also had an estranged relationship with all three of her daughters.

In fact, her children stopped talking to her for over three years. During that time, Moore felt villainized by her family.

Demi Moore in 2019
Demi Moore in 2019 | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Who are Demi Moore’s kids?

Demi Moore has three beautiful daughters with the Die Hard actor Bruce Willis. She and Willis got married after only a few months of knowing each other, and she was pregnant with their first daughter, Rumer, on their wedding night.

Bruce Willis, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore with daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout
Bruce Willis, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore with daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout | L. Cohen/WireImage

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Moore and Willis ended up having two other children named Tallulah and Scout. And according to the Ghost star, being a mother is the most important job she has ever had.

“Being a mother felt totally natural,” Moore says in her memoir, Inside Out. “It’s one of the few things I can confidently say I was innately good at. Having someone to love, who loved and needed me right back, unconditionally, exactly as I was, without any kind of performance, was euphoric.”

Demi Moore was estranged from her daughters for an extended period

Demi Moore in 2014
Demi Moore in 2014 | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

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But as time passed, things became a lot less euphoric and a lot more complicated. Moore admits in her memoir that she has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, which created a severe strain on her relationship with her daughters. But overall, several factors had ultimately led to her daughters’ refusal to talk to her.

And according to Moore, it was hard not to feel villainized by her entire family during this time.

“Being a mom was the one thing I felt sure I was truly ‘successful’ at in life,” she writes. “But how successful could I be when not one of my children would speak to me? How did I get here? I felt villainized by my family. I was angry that my girls weren’t showing me any compassion and that Bruce refused to intercede. And I was embarrassed that I had put myself in this position.”

The ‘Ghost’ star went through extreme depression once her kids stopped talking to her

Circa 1990- Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore star as Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen in the suspense thriller "Ghost", directed by Jerry Zucker
Circa 1990- Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore star as Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen in the suspense thriller “Ghost”, directed by Jerry Zucker | Images/Getty Images

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According to Moore, she didn’t see the point in living after her children stopped talking to her. “I felt so lost. I would wake up in the morning and think, I don’t know what to do- How do I get through this day? I was in so much pain, physically as well as emotionally, I could barely function. That feeling of not being anchored by all of these people’s needs and my role as their nurturer was unbearable. Not a lot was going on in my career… I had no choice but just to be with myself, and I hated it. Is this life? Because if this is it, I’m done.”

Fortunately, though, Moore’s relationship with her daughters has been repaired. Now, they are closer than ever.

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