With the change of her Twitter handle from @MrsKutcher to @JustDemi, actress Demi Moore signaled to the world she was finally done with Ashton Kutcher. Yet her name choice may indicate she has qualms about going solo.
Just as a woman who calls herself "just a housewife" seems insecure with her identity, the husky-voiced actress seems to be saying that being just Demi is not enough.
It might be different had Moore emerged from her husband's publicized affair scandal last fall as strong and confident as a Sandra Bullock or Maria Shriver. Instead, the New Mexico native started partying with her daughter Rumer's 20-something friends and ended up in a Utah rehab.
Demi's fast spiral into despair was the culmination of years of being paired with famous men. Before Kutcher, the "Striptease" actress had been married twice -- to Freddie Moore for five years and Bruce Willis for 13. In between husbands, she dated such actors as Emilio Estevez, Oliver Whitcomb, Tobey McGuire and Leonardo DiCaprio and had rumored romances with the likes of John Stamos, Owen Wilson and Colin Farrell.
In her few adult years as a single woman, Moore always managed to have at least one high-profile hunk on her arm.
But like Jane Fonda, who recently revealed to Demi's BFF Amanda De Cadenet on Lifetime's new talk show "The Conversation" that she had mistakenly sought her identity as a woman from the three alpha males she married, Moore could discover that being just Demi is enough.
For one thing, she will no longer have to worry if her other half is messing up or messing around. The "Three and a Half Men" star recently caught flack for going brown face on a Pop Chips TV commercial, playing into negative Indian male stereotypes, and has a history of having sex with random women in hotels.
With her emotional burden lifted, Moore is now free to explore the advantages of being "just" Demi. She recently told Harper's Bazaar that she used to be most afraid of being abandoned, but now what scares her most is "not having the courage to reach my full potential."
Though she plays the dreaded middle-aged actress role of "mother" to Miley Cyrus in the just-released movie "LOL," Moore had a meatier part in last year's adult hit movie "Margin Call" and could enjoy a second wind to her acting career.
She could also sink her teeth into her promising role as a producer, with such films as "GI Jane," "If These Walls Could Talk," and "Now and Then" under her belt, as well as the cultish "Austin Powers" movies. Moore also recently directed a movie vignette for Lifetime's "Five" about women coping with breast cancer and is co-producing "The Conversation," a so-called alternative talk show for women that gets even more personal than Oprah.As for her charitable work, Demi's DNA foundation -- a group that fights against global sex trafficking -- is linked to her soon-to-be-ex-husband by name (DNA stands for "Demi aNd Ashton"). Whether or not Moore axes Ashton from her foundation, she will likely continue to thrive as a philanthropist and could perhaps best exemplify freedom for women by proving to herself and the rest of the world that being just Demi is plenty.
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