SHE used to be one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood — and now Demi Moore has finally revealed the emotional traumas that left her career in tatters.
In her bombshell new memoirs, Demi tells how she was raped at the age of 15 and felt guilty for losing her unborn child after drinking heavily during her marriage to third husband Ashton Kutcher.
In her ‘uncensored’ new memoirs, Demi Moore opens up about her demons and recalls the life-changing moment she had to save her suicidal mother[/caption]
She also admits to resorting to cocaine, painkillers and booze as she battled her demons — which eventually led to her estrangement from eldest daughter Rumer.
And the three-times-divorced mum claims her first husband, Die Hard star Bruce Willis, stunted her career ambitions.
Demi, 56, shot to fame in 1985 Brat Pack flick St Elmo’s Fire, leading to a string of successes that includes Ghost, Indecent Proposal, Striptease and A Few Good Men with Tom Cruise.
In 1991 she caused a global sensation by appearing naked while pregnant with second child Scout on the cover of Vanity Fair in a shot taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The Hollywood star found success with a string of movies like Ghost where she starred alongside Patrick Swayze[/caption]
But the actress has not had a hit movie since military drama G.I. Jane flopped in 1997.
Now Demi’s rollercoaster life — and her sobriety as she attempts to rebuild her career — is laid bare in her memoir Inside Out.
Her story begins in Roswell, New Mexico, where she was born in 1962.
Demi’s dad Charles Harmon Sr, a US Air Force serviceman, walked out on her mum Ginny while she was pregnant with the future Hollywood A-lister.
Three months after Demi was born, Ginny married ad salesman Dan Guynes — who Demi thought was her biological father until she was 13, when she found her birth certificate.
Far more disturbingly, when she was a young girl Demi had to save her suicidal mum from ending her life.
She recalled: “I remember using my fingers, the small fingers of a child, to dig the pills my mother had tried to swallow out of her mouth while my father held it open and told me what to do.
“Something very deep inside me shifted then, and it never shifted back. My childhood was over.”
In 1991 she caused a global sensation when she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, posing naked while pregnant[/caption]
Ginny was saved — but stepdad Dan was not so lucky. He later took his own life aged 37 — two years after he split from Ginny. Demi was 17.
After Ginny and Dan broke up, Demi moved to West Hollywood with her troubled mum.
It was around this time that Demi suffered a horrific rape — and soon the 15-year-old spiralled out of control.
Shortly after her 16th birthday, the aspiring model left home to live with a guitarist in a band.
Demi opens up about her difficult past, recalling how her ‘childhood was over’ when she had to help her stepdad save her mother from overdosing[/caption]
A couple of years later she married another rock singer, Freddy Moore, frontman for Boy. Demi Guynes — as she had been known up until then — took his surname.
In her biography, Demi confesses to ruining their five-year marriage by cheating on her husband.
She also admits that she started boozing, taking cocaine and worrying about how the image-conscious entertainment industry would view any fluctuations in her weight.
Demi said of the time: “My value was tied into my body.”
In 1987 — two years after she shot to fame in St. Elmo’s Fire — Demi married Die Hard actor Willis. They had three children together — Rumer, 31, Scout 28, and Tallulah 25.
Thanks to a string of hit movies, Demi commanded wage packets close to those of her husband, reportedly earning £10million for Striptease.
She is now seen as a trailblazer for equal pay in Hollywood, having fought for those sums in the face of backbiting.
Demi said: “With that came a lot of negativity and a lot of judgment towards me, which I’m happy to have held if it made a difference.”
At 16 she ran away and went on to meet her first husband rock singer Freddy Moore, but the pair split when she cheated[/caption]
According to reports about her book, which is published later this month, Demi claims Willis did not fully support her career, as he preferred her to spend more time with their young daughters.
Bruce and Demi divorced in 2000. Three years after their divorce, Demi started dating actor Ashton Kutcher, 15 years her junior.
The pair of superstars seemed happy in public — but behind the scenes she was drinking too much.
And early in the relationship Demi lost their unborn child at the six month stage of her pregnancy.
In 1987 she married Die Hard star Bruce Willis and the pair had three daughters together, but Demi claims Bruce didn’t fully support her career and held her back[/caption]
Distraught Demi, who had already decided to name the girl Chaplin Ray, blamed herself for not cutting out booze.
After getting married in 2005 — with ex-husband Bruce as one of the guests at their big day — the couple tried for a child again using fertility treatments. But it wasn’t to be.
Soon after Demi started to self-medicate with the prescription drug Vicodin.
Talking about her drink and drug taking, she said: “In retrospect, what I realised is that when I opened the door, it was just giving my power away.”
Her wild living created tensions with youngest daughters Scout and Tallulah, who decided to keep a safe distance from their reckless mum.
Demi’s life was coming apart — and following rumours that Kutcher had cheated on her with two women, their high-profile relationship came to an end in 2011.
Shortly before their divorce came through Demi suffered a drug-induced seizure while partying with eldest daughter Rumer.
Shocked Rumer, who had followed her parents into acting, became alienated from her mum as a result of Demi’s drug use. Demi said: “Part of my life was clearly unravelling. I had no career. No relationship.”
She puts losing her unborn child down to drinking too much, and she soon started self-medicating with prescription drug Vicodin[/caption]
In 2003 her career was briefly rekindled thanks to a supporting role in the Charlie’s Angels movie Full Throttle, but she has not been in a box office hit since.
A spell in rehab and long-term treatment with a specialist helped her to finally kick her most dangerous addictions.
She describes her bid to stay on the straight and narrow as “soul-centered living”, adding: “Learning that I’m OK with just me was a great gift I was able to give myself.”
She is reconciled with her daughters, who have all admitted to their own battles with sobriety.
After a stint in rehab and long-term treatment she managed to kick the booze and drugs and has reconciled with her family[/caption]
These days Demi splits her time between homes in rural Idaho and Hollywood — both of them bizarrely filled with children’s stuffed toys.
She told Harper’s Bazaar magazine: “When I look at the little faces of things that I have, whether they’re like little animals or little something or others, I’ve always got little faces looking at me.
“If you go up and look at my carry-on bag, I have a little bear, and I have a little Dil Pickles, you know, from Rugrats?”
Demi hopes that people will understand her better by reading her biography, and she insists that she has ‘zero interest in being a victim’[/caption]
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She says writing Inside Out with co-author Ariel Levy has helped her unburden the painful memories which have weighed down on her for so many years.
Demi, who is currently filming a US TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic sci-fi novel Brave New World, hopes people will know her a little better after reading her autobiography.
She claims not to have censored the book, preferring a warts-and-all account. And she insisted: “I have zero interest in being a victim”.
- Inside Out, by Demi Moore, is published on September 24 (£20, Fourth Estate).
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