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Demi & Ashton: in pictures

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Hollywood is buzzing from the news that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are to divorce after six years of marriage. Though the move is far from unexpected, the pair were celebrated for a long time as having one of the most enduring and strong unions in showbiz. They casually shrugged off their 16-year age gap and were continually pictured together looking very much in love. We've taken a look back at how their relationship developed, from 2003 to the present day, in the gallery below...

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    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher hit it off immediately after meeting at a dinner party in May 2003. According to Demi, they couldn't stop talking all night long.

    Soon after, they were pictured together at the premiere Demi's latest premiere, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (left).

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    Demi's ex-husband Bruce Willis and their three kids - Rumer, Scout and Tallulah - joined the star and her new beau for the movie outing, making it a true family affair.

    Kutcher quickly garnered Bruce's seal of approval. "I'm thrilled that Ashton turned out to be such a great guy," he said. "I love Demi, and I know she loves me."

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    The couple quickly established themselves as a serious item, appearing at numerous events together.

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    Each photo seemed to show them more in love than the last, with prankster Ashton - who was then best known for reality set-up show Punk'd - clearly adoring the attention of his beautiful older date.

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    In September 2003 they appeared at the boutique opening for Stella McCartney in LA, their body language in perfect unison.

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    Two months later at a charity dinner in LA and they still couldn't keep their eyes off each other.

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    Demi looked delighted to have Ashton on her arm at a charity gala in LA in early 2005.

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    This photo was taken six months before their secret Beverly Hills wedding in September 2005.

    No official photos were taken of the ceremony but Demi wore a cream Lanvin gown and the service was conducted by a Kabbalah minister. About 100 friends and family attended the wedding, including Demi's three daughters, ex-husband Bruce and stars including Lucy Liu and Jason Goldberg. Ashton was 27 at the time, and Demi 43.

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    This photo, taken at a ball in Berlin, shows Demi and Ashton in the throes of wedded bliss in November 2005, two months after tying the knot.

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    "I can't help talking about my marriage and my love, because it's all tied together," Ashton later said.

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    The couple appeared rock solid at the premiere of Ashton's drama movie Bobby in September 2006.

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    They made a great front-row pairing at the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week 2006 - nearly a year into their marriage.

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    Meanwhile, Ashton became even closer to Demi's daughters. “There is not a human being I could love more than those girls and their mum," he said.

    Bruce was also a firm friend, as this family portrait from the premiere of his latest movie Live Free Or Die Hard in June 2007, shows.

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    By 2008 (when this photo was taken) Demi announced that Ashton and her would be spending Christmas with Bruce Willis and his partner (now wife) Emma Hemming. "I think the key with any past is that you recognise and hold on to what you loved and what you gained and you don't attach yourself to what you've lost," she said.

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    Meanwhile, both Demi and Ashton started building up a presence on Twitter, with Demi posting under the handle @mrskutcher (she has yet to change it).

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    In March 2009, Ashton posted this snap of his wife in a white bikini steaming his suit, with the caption, "I love God!"

    The photo as amassed 1.4 million views to date.

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    "We deal with issues before they become arguments," Ashton said of his marriage. "I've never tried to change my wife, and she has never tried to change me ... Demi told me once, ‘When you’re right, that’s all you get to be.’ And, for some reason, that made sense to me."

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    As 2009 progressed, so did Demi and Ashton's public displays of affection.

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    They literally could not keep their hands off each other - as with this photo from a launch party in New York.

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    In April 2010, the spouses were pictured fooling around on the red carpet, at the premiere of Demi's comedy The Joneses.

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    As well as attending many showbiz events together, Demi and Ashton also joined forces on social campaigns.

    By September 2010, they had set up their own "DNA foundation" to combat the organized sexual exploitation of girls around the globe. Demi is pictured addressing the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on the topic of sex trafficking and exploitation.

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    Two days later, on 25 september 2010, Demi tweeted this picture of her in bed with Ashton to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.

    "Thank you for all the anniversary wishes!!" she wrote. "Enjoying a day lounging around watching "Breaking Bad" Great show!"

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    At a charity gala in Austria in October 2010, the couple appeared carefree - but the first allegation of Ashton's infidelity was soon to surface. 21 year-old Brittney Jones revealed text messages allegedly sent by the actor.

    Ashton responded by tweeting that he was "sharing Love & Light while in Israel. Asking 4 the energy 2 forge bonds with our similarities & find compromise in our differences."

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    January 2011, and the couple were up to their usual tricks on the red carpet.

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    At this point, their relationship appeared to have weathered stories about infidelity.

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    The strain of media speculation was beginning to show as the couple left a hotel in Texas in March 2011.

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    But there were smiles all round as Ashton and Demi join her daughter Scout LaRue at a launch for their DNA Foundation in New York in April this year.

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    This photo, from June 2011, was one of the last times Ashton and Demi were pictured together before announcing their divorce.

    They were attending the Urban Zen Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in New York.

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    Ashton was pictured alone at the GQ Gentlemen's Ball in New York in October, just weeks before Demi announced she was divorcing him.

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    Demi also went solo for the premiere of her latest movie Margin Call last month.

    In a statement announcing her divorce from Ashton, the actress said she was making the decision to end their six-year marriage with "great sadness and a heavy heart." Read Demi's full statement (and Ashton's Twitter response) here.