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    ANN CURRY, co-host: Anyway, we're going to begin this half-hour, however, with the end of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore 's marriage. NBC 's Kristen Dahlgren is in Los Angeles with more on this story. Kristen , good morning.

    KRISTEN DAHLGREN reporting: Hey, good morning, Ann. Well, the split really wasn't a surprise to many here in Hollywood , it's played out in the tabloids and on Twitter , but now Demi Moore is confirming the end of their marriage and the beginning of what is likely to be a high-dollar divorce. After all the widespread speculation

    about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's marriage, Moore's statement was short: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton . As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life." Moore then asked for privacy, something the celebrity pair may have trouble finding. For months, Kutcher and Moore have been front and center in the tabloids. The couple who once captured imaginations with their stunning looks and 16-year age difference instead faced allegations that Kutcher had a one-night stand with this woman, Sara Leal , on the eve of his sixth wedding anniversary.

    Ms. JANICE MIN (Editorial Director, Hollywood Reporter): A woman came out, was -- seemed pretty credible, gave very specific details. The timing, I'm sure, is no coincidence, that this was sort of the final straw.

    DAHLGREN: After the alleged affair, Moore and Kutcher were seen camping together, but the couple, who were well-known for tweeting love notes and pictures, also began using social media to offer clues about their split.

    Ms. MIN: I don't think you're going to see a lot of interviews happening with these two. I think you'll probably see them more using their Twitter accounts, Facebook , to say what they would like to say.

    DAHLGREN: On Thursday, the " Two and a Half Men " star tweeted, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi . Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and, unfortunately, sometimes they fail."

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    DAHLGREN: And in this case, failure could mean a megabuck split. Their combined worth is estimated at more than $200 million.

    Mr. MARK VINCENT KAPLAN (Los Angeles Divorce Attorney): This is going to be a dissolution of marriage that is more a function of mathematics than an opportunity for retribution, and I think the parties will be able to move on fairly quickly and precisely.

    DAHLGREN: But divorce proceedings unlikely to end the fascination with these two. We did reach out to reps for both and they had no further comment. Ann :

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher wed in September 2005.
updated 11/17/2011 6:54:26 PM ET 2011-11-17T23:54:26

Demi Moore is ending her marriage to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, she told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, were wed in September 2005, but the couple's relationship became tabloid fodder in recent months as rumors swirled about Kutcher's alleged infidelity.

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"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation," she said in her statement to the AP.

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The pair frequently used Twitter to communicate with each other as millions of fans followed along.

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"I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi," Kutcher tweeted Thursday. "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail."

Moore said in 2007 that her May-December relationship with the star of "That '70s Show" and "Punk'd" — who is 15 years younger than Moore — "caught us both by surprise."

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"If somebody would have said, 'OK, here is the prediction: You're going to meet a man 25 years old and he's going to see being with you and having your three kids as a bonus,' I would have said, 'Keep dreaming,'" Moore said in a 2007 interview with Vanity Fair. "I think it caught us both by surprise, and particularly him."

Kutcher became a stepfather to Moore's three daughters — Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Belle — from her 13-year marriage to actor Bruce Willis. Moore and Willis divorced in 2000 but remained friendly. Moore and Kutcher were photographed socializing with Willis, and the couple attended Willis' wedding to model-actress Emma Heming in 2009.

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Moore and Kutcher created the DNA Foundation, also known as the Demi and Ashton Foundation, in 2010 to combat the organized sexual exploitation of girls around the globe. They later lent their support to the United Nations' efforts to fight human trafficking, a scourge the international organization estimates affects about 2.5 million people worldwide.

Moore can be seen on screen in the recent films "Margin Call" and "Another Happy Day." Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on TV's "Two and a Half Men" as is part of the ensemble film "New Year's Eve," set for release next month.

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  1. Actor Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore speak to the media at the launch party for "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" at Steven Alan Annex in New York on April 14, 2011. The interactive video campaign is aimed at educating the public about child sex slavery.

    Moore, 49, announced on Nov. 17, 20011, that she was ending her marriage to Kutcher, 33, after six years. (Jemal Countess / Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Kutcher and Moore attend the premiere of his film "No Strings Attached" at the Regency Village theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2011. The couple's relationship became tabloid fodder in recent months as rumors swirled about Kutcher's alleged infidelity with a woman on the night of his sixth wedding anniversary. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Moore and Kutcher are seen during a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime news conference about the launch of the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking at United Nations headquarters in New York on Nov. 4, 2010. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The couple announces the launch of the “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 23, 2010.

    Moore and Kutcher created the DNA Foundation, also known as the Demi and Ashton Foundation, in 2010 to combat the organized sexual exploitation of girls around the globe. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Kutcher takes pictures from the sidelines with Moore prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 7, 2010. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Moore and Kutcher arrive at the premiere of "The Joneses" in Hollywood, Calif., on April 8, 2010.

    "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore said in a statement on Nov. 17, 2011. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life." (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Moore and Kutcher attend a game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on June 27, 2010. (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Robert Redford, left, is seen with Kutcher and Moore in the green room prior to the premiere of "Spread" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 17, 2009. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Kutcher and Moore attend the CW network party for "The Beautiful Life" in New York on Sept. 12, 2009. (Peter Kramer / AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Moore speaks to the media as filmmaker Tyler Perry, left, and Kutcher look on during the Entertainment Industry Foundation news conference in New York on Sept. 10, 2009. Celebrities, sports stars and politicians from across the country gathered to promote volunteerism. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Moore laughs while she and her husband mingle at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington on May 9, 2009.

    "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi," Kutcher tweeted on Nov. 17, 2011. "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail." (Jonathan Ernst / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Kutcher and Moore attend the White Party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kutcher to help raise awareness for Malaria No More held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, Calif., on July 4, 2009. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Kutcher and Moore are joined by Moore's daughter, actress Rumer Willis, at the Los Angeles screening of "Spread" at ArcLight Hollywood Cinemas in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 3, 2009. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Kutcher and Moore pose with Moore's former husband, actor Bruce Willis, prior to the start of Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007.

    Moore was married to Willis for 13 years. They had three daughters together -- Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Belle -- before divorcing in 2000. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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