Everything We Know About Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s Divorce

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

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At the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis this weekend, you can expect to hear a lot of jokes about the actor’s divorce from Demi Moore, plus an appearance by Moore herself. So decades later, what exactly do we know about Willis and Moore’s relationship and their eventual divorce?

Willis and Moore met in July 1987 at a screening of the movie Stakeout, according to People. A few weeks later, they were an item, with Moore saying that Willis was “just so ready to embrace and give me love.” About four months later, they got married.

The following August, Moore and Willis had their first child, Rumer; they had their second child, Scout, in 1991, and their third child, Tallulah, in 1994.

Starting in the early ’90s, rumors about Moore and Willis’ marriage being in trouble engulfed the tabloids. There was a lot of gossip out there, but one of the main narratives was that the relationship was suffering because both of them were working so much. Another rumor was that Moore was jealous of Willis’ co-stars, and there were rumors about him cheating on her. It didn’t help that Willis had made public comments about how no woman would be able to fully satisfy a man for the rest of his life.

While Willis called the tabloid rumors that were spreading complete lies, People reported in 1990 that it was, in fact, true that they were spending a lot of time apart, violating a rule Willis had established: that they would never both be working on a movie at the same time.

In June 1998, Willis and Moore announced that they would be separating. At the time, The Independent reported that the primary reason was their busy schedules, writing, “their friends said work pressures of work and lengthy periods filming on different sides of the world had taken their toll on the 10- year marriage.”

A subsequent report by People cited a producer as saying the two had been having problems for at least two years, and other sources said that they had been seen arguing at a restaurant over Willis’ various real estate investments.

While speaking to Rolling Stone in 2000, Willis suggested that the fact that he and Moore were constantly the subject of tabloid rumors took a toll on them.

“It’s difficult for any couple to keep their marriage intact under the best of circumstances, and our marriage was under a huge magnifying glass all the time,” he said. “So it might have been a little more difficult for us.”

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

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While they were together, the two had spoken a bit about how hard the media scrutiny made things for them. In regard to reporters spreading gossip that their marriage was on the rocks, Moore told Vanity Fair in 1993, “They won’t stop until one day they may be right.”

Still, after their divorce, Willis and Moore remained close. Willis said in a 2007 interview, “The thing people find most remarkable about my life now is that I am close to Demi and friends with her husband.”

On Dancing With the Stars in 2015, Moore said that the divorce hit their children the hardest, especially their oldest daughter. “When their father and I decided to divorce it probably had the biggest impact on her,” Moore said, referring to Rumer.

Moore married Ashton Kutcher in 2005, divorcing him in 2013. Willis married Emma Heming in 2009, and they are still together. Willis and Heming have two daughters together: six-year-old Mabel Ray Willis and four-year-old Evelyn Penn Willis.

Expect to hear a lot of jokes about Willis’ marriage at the Roast of Bruce Willis, especially from Moore himself. According to reports from the taping, Moore at one point joked, “People wonder why our marriage came to an end, and in all honesty I think it was because some jealousy started to creep in. I think Bruce never really got over the fact that I rocked the bald look better than he did.”