"Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail."
It is with those words -- tweeted to an estimated audience of many millions by a man who is intensely involved in the medium and was the first person ever to reach one million followers -- that Ashton Kutcher acknowledged his failed union and now seemingly inevitable divorce with actress Demi Moore.
The high-profile celebrity marriage and virtually everything about it has been a media magnet since Moore and Kutcher married in 2005. It continues to be just that in the wake of Moore's statement last week in which she candidly discussed the marriage and her decision to end it.
"There are certain values and vows that I hold sacred," Moore said, "and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
The couple's age difference has always been of great interest to the press. When Kutcher and Moore began dating in 2003, he was 25 and she was 41. Kutcher is the stepfather of Moore's three daughters, conceived during her 13-year marriage to actor Bruce Willis.
In an age where social media is playing an ever-increasing role in many family law matters (see our November 18 blog post, for example, on Facebook featuring centrally in a child custody dispute), Moore and Kutcher purposefully engaged evolving technologies to connect with their fans and keep them apprised of family details.
It is hardly surprising, therefore, that in mere minutes after Moore went public with her statement, Kutcher posted a response on Twitter, writing, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi."
Source: ABC News, "Behind Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's breakup" Nov. 18, 2011