Ashton Kutcher was doing a little double dipping with a comely blonde in San Diego over the weekend, of that there seems little doubt. But does that mean his six-year marriage to Demi Moore is over?
Not if you read between the lines of their most recent tweets, which suggest that whatever trouble exists in their marriage, doesn’t necessarily translate to an end in the relationship.
The latest shrill tabloid headlines about the Hollywood icons is similar to reports that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were breaking up over her alleged cheating with singer Marc Anthony.
But so far the Smiths are still together.
This week, Star magazine declared on its cover that Moore and Kutcher have separated and that the marriage is over.
Gossip site radaronline, owned by the same company is parroting the same line, reporting that the woman, identified as Sara Leal, has hired a lawyer and wants $250,000 to tell her story.
But the first sign that neither may be ready to throw in the towel on their marriage occurred when Demi, 48, a prolific Tweeter, sent out a quote from Greek philosopher Epictetus.
“When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”
Epictetus, who lived at the height of the Roman Empire, was a stoic and for a time lived as a slave.
He believed all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately.
It’s hard to say how much Demi has looked into his works, but if she embraces his philosophy, she may be inclined to work things out.
Ashton, 33, also suggested as much in his own tweet last night.
“#nowplaying” and linking to a Spotify player loaded with Public Enemy’s ‘Don’t Believe The Hype.’
But Hollywood marriages are typically measured in dog years, because so many relationships never seem to last long.
Weighing in favor of divorce, the two are prolific tweeters and both have been awol recently from the social networking site.
And, Ashton tweeted nothing on their anniversary.
Meanwhile, Moore seems like she’s positioning herself to restart her career.
She look model thin at the screening in New York this week of Lifetime’s “Five,” an anthology of films about cancer.
Ashton, back in L.A. taping “Two and a Half Men,” didn’t make the trip.
Also, Kutcher has been dogged by cheating rumors before, also published by The Star.
“STAR magazine – you don’t get to stand behind ‘freedom of the press’ when you are writing fiction,” he tweeted, angrily denying what seemed like a pretty solid claim.
Some critics claim the marriage has been a sham from the get-go, more a business relationship with some feelings attached that has boosted Ashton’s career and Demi’s ego, following her split from Bruce Willis.
This time, though, the rumors seem to be true. But their shared hatred for the tabloid could be the force that ultimately binds them.