Though it's been nearly 15 years since Demi Moore and Bruce Willis divorced after 13 years of marriage, the actress is now candidly speaking out about the split — and revealed their eldest daughter, Rumer Willis, was most affected by her parents' separation.
"When their father and I decided to divorce it probably had the biggest impact on her," Demi said of Rumer, 26, and her younger sisters, Scout Willis, 23, and Tallulah Willis, 21, during a video package on last night's Dancing with the Stars episode.
Rumer and Demi in 1996. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Rumer, an actress, is currently competing as a semi-finalist on DWTS with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, 29. Earlier in the reality show's season, Demi and Bruce's daughter opened up about her lack of confidence as a child due to media scrutiny over her looks.
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"There really wasn't anything I could do to stop it," Demi, 52, said of Rumer's past struggles on Monday, May 11. "Her self-esteem was nothing. I could only just keep loving her and loving her until she could love herself."
Rumer with her parents, Demi and Bruce, in 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"When she said, 'I think I wanna do Dancing With the Stars,' my whole insides, I have to be honest, were screaming 'No,'" the Ghost star continued. "But, one of the most beautiful things that I've witnessed is watching her passion become greater than her fear... It has nothing to do with her being my kid or Bruce's kid, it has everything to do with just who she is."
"I'm crazy about Rumer," Bruce, 60, chimed in during the video package. "I love her."
The kind words from her family clearly gave Rumer the confidence boost she needed — she received a score of 38/40 for her Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired Viennese Waltz and a perfect score for her Black Swan contemporary dance on last night's episode.
Watch the Willis family talk about Rumer's upbringing and DWTS journey in the clip below.
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