At 56,Demi Moore stripped down literally for Harper’s Bazaar and figuratively for the New York Times. For both publications, she opened up, discussing her unhappy childhood and her own controversial life choices.
She tells Harper’s that when her mother Virginia King suffered an overdose, her life changed.
“The next thing I remember is 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,” Moore told the outlet.
She added, “Something very deep inside me shifted then, and it never shifted. My childhood was over.”
She went on to move 30 times as a kid. In 1980, her stepfather Danny Guynes died by suicide.
Moore struggled with addiction herself. In 2012, after losing a lot of weight and partying too much, she collapsed at home and went to rehab for drug addiction and an eating disorder.
“In retrospect, what I realized is that when I opened the door (again), it was just giving my power away,” said Moore. “I guess I would think of it like this: It was really important to me to have natural childbirth because I didn’t want to miss a moment. And with that I experienced pain. So part of being sober is, I don’t want to miss a moment of life, of that texture, even if that means being in... some pain.”
In 2013, she and Kutcher formally split.