Ashton Kutcher may not be the villain some have painted him out to be heart with sources close to the actor claiming he "felt terrible for breaking Demi Moore's heart" after filing for divorce papers earlier this month.
The Two and a Half Men star split from Demi after six years of marriage more than a year ago, after allegations emerged of him cheating with other women on their wedding anniversary.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in happier times (WENN)
With his new relationship with Ted actress Mila Kunis becoming more serious, Ashton filed divorce papers against Demi earlier this month, but a source says he didn't take the decision lightly.
"Ashton felt terrible that he broke Demi's heart, and he wanted to give her enough time to pick up the pieces before he filed," Ashton told Star magazine.
"At this point, he's ready to fully let go and start the New Year fresh."
It was initially reported that Ashton took so long to file the divorce papers as he wanted to give Demi time to come to terms with the end of their marriage, however, sources close to the 50-year-old actress denied these claims and was "genuinely happy" to finally bring their union to an end.
Apparently, another reason for the hold-up is financial issues with a further source alleging to TMZ that Demi has been fighting for the same type of settlement from Ashton that she got from first husband Bruce Willis.
The exact payout that Demi received from Hollywood hotshot Bruce is not known but it is thought to be a large sum of money.