MONITOR: BRUCE WILLIS & DEMI MOORE SPLIT
Saturday 27 June 1998
New York Post
We have here two symbols for all that's desirable: good looks, immense wealth and interplanetary fame. Yet for all these temporary gifts, they are poorer than a gambler on pay day.
This week, Bruce and Demi announced that each has been irrevocably seduced by an insanely attractive, completely irresistible other: Their careers.
The news of the split caught Tinseltown by surprise, but the timing couldn't have been better for the marketing men for Bruce's latest big budget movie, Armageddon, which has been panned by critics. The film opens in America on 1 July and the high-profile and mysterious end of the marriage guarantees all eyes will be on Bruce as he launches the publicity tour. Last night, cynics in Hollywood were questioning the timing of the announcement and the involvement of Pat Kingsley, Hollywood's most powerful publicist.
How could celluloid live up to the trash melodrama they get to write, produce, direct and star in? Will they divorce? Will they reconcile? Who gets custody of the entourage? Will Bruce demand that Demi hand the boobs back?
As abrupt as a Word Cup referee's ruling, the news came out of nowhere. There had been no forewarning, not even the slightest hint in magazine gossip columns. Their story was one young girls dreamed of, as Charles and Diana's was in the beginning.
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