Over the weekend, the 39-year-old actor candidly addressed past rumors that he cheated on ex-wife Demi during his acceptance speech for the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines, IA on Saturday, April 8.
“I’m also probably the first person to get this award for character who had, like, his name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer like five years ago,” Ashton told the audience, referring to his 2013 divorce from the 54-year-old actress.
Ashton and Demi in February 2011.
“Character comes when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you gotta go out and perform tomorrow — with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer,” he continued.
Ashton and Demi previously tied the knot in September 2005 and later split after nearly six years of marriage in November 2011. The Ghost star and Ashton officially divorced in November 2013.
Ashton and Mila in December 2014.
During his award acceptance speech in Iowa, Ashton additionally credited his 33-year-old wife for strengthening his character today. He also said his kids are “the greatest, greatest lesson in character” in his life.
“When my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me,'” he said.