Tabloid stories in the US carry the gossip that Demi Moore, the celebrity Hollywood actress, is drinking heavily and needs to check into a rehab facility. This episode of alcohol abuse is said to have been caused by the revelation that her husband Ashton Kutcher, who at 33 is much younger than the 49-year-old Demi, had a one night stand with a 23 year-old model Sara Leal. In true tabloid journalism style, these reports cite unnamed ‘friends’ and even her three daughters aged 23, 20 and 17. The daughters are from her previous marriage to the actor Bruce Willis.
Demi Moore has always been the target of tabloid attention for alcohol abuse. In 2009, a photograph of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore leaving a party was puported to depict a drunk Demi Moore being supported by her husband. Other reports say that when Demi and Ashton were renovating their home in Los Angeles, Demi would greet the workmen each morning in a drunk state and would perform lewd dances for them until she passed out. These stories also point out that in the 1980s, she had undergone a two week rehab program for cocaine abuse.
The tabloid journalists have a love-hate relationship with Demi Moore, as they do with most Hollywood celebrities. Demi’s childhood and early years was extremely troubled. Her parents separated soon after she was born and her step-father and mother were both alcoholics who also beat each other. Demi was born cross-eyed that was corrected in her teenage by surgery. From this difficult start she went on to become one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses in the 1990s with a string of commercially successful films where her acting skills were also acclaimed. In 1991, at the peak of her career, she posed nude while being seven months pregnant. This photograph on the cover of the Vanity Fair magazine caused a firestorm of controversy. Both Demi Moore and the magazine were condemned as having behaved in very poor taste.
Her acting career appears to have taken a downturn in the late 1990s and she turned to producing and acting in a television serial and taking a share in a string of celebrity restaurants. In recent years, she has acted only in occasional films. In 2005, she married the much younger Ashton Kutcher after a two year period when they were seen together frequently. Ashton Kutcher has multiple facets to his ability. He has been a model, a stand-up comedian, TV series producer and actor besides movie acting. In addition to all these, he has been on the management team of a technology start-up company.
Demi Moore is portrayed in the tabloids as struggling to make herself look younger and attractive for her younger husband. Photographs are constantly published showing her as having lost weight, going to the extent of suggesting that she eats only some nuts and fruit as food, besides the champagne she is alleged to drink all the time. Even her appointment as the brand ambassador for the Helena Rubinstein range of cosmetics in 2006 was attributed her struggle to appear young and beautiful for her young husband. Given this bias in tabloid reporting, the stories of a drunken binge as a reaction to the reports of the Ashton Kutcher- Sara Leal affair are to be expected.
As with all tabloid journalism, these stories also need to be taken with a very large dollop of salt.
People from all walks of life who have alcohol problems should consider joining an alcohol abuse program before itâs too late.