Mila Kunis has reportedly raised $37 million for war refugees.
This comes after her and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, launched a Stand With Ukraine GoFundMe page.
But before we dish out all the details, let’s dive deep into how it all started for the couple…
Now, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have become Hollywood’s most loved couple. Marriage goals or what?!
Ashton and Mila met in 1998 when they both starred on That 70’s Show, in which Ashton played the leading role of pretty boy, Kelso, and Mila played his on-and-off girlfriend, Jackie.
Ashton was twenty-years-old, whilst Mila was only fifteen.
But this wasn’t where their romance blossomed, at all.
After appearing in the hit show the 2 went their separate ways for many years.
Ashton married actress, Demi Moore, in 2005, and the marriage lasted 6 years. On the other hand, Mila had a long and rather rocky relationship with child-star, Macaulay Culkin, of Home Alone, which began in 2002 and lasted for 8 years.
When That 70’s Show came to an end, Ashton and Mila had apparently forged an enduring friendship, despite the 2 of them having separate professional and love lives.
Ashton appeared in movies such as What Happened In Vegas (2008), No Strings Attached (2011), and his recurring role in the comedy series, Two And A Half Men (2011-2015). Mila focused on her acting career, too, starring in movies such as Black Swan (2010), Friends With Benefits (2011), and doing the voiceover of Meg in Family Guy (1999-present).
They kept crossing paths.
Ashton’s marriage to Demi Moore came to an end in 2011, whilst Mila was single from her break-up with Macaulay in the previous year. Good timing? I think so…
Because they appeared together in public multiple times.
The world began suspecting the couple’s involvement with one another, and when asked about it, Mila simply said that the dating rumors were “absurd” and that they were just good friends. Okay then…
But that quickly changed.
Speaking to Elle Magazine, Ashton stressed the importance of keeping relationships private, saying: “I am going to do everything in my power to have this relationship be private.”
But soon the pressure of being in the public eye got too much…
Mila admitted to her and Ashton beginning their relationship as a “friends with benefits” kind of thing until their romance eventually blossomed into what it is today.
And they’ve been inseparable ever since.
Ashton and Mila welcomed their daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, in September 2014, and their son, Dimitri, followed in 2016. Between the births of their 2 children, now aged 5 and 8, they tied the knot in July of 2015.
Ashton and Mila have been known to keep their personal lives extremely private.
They haven’t subjected their children to social media or the limelight, and have only made a rare couple of appearances with Wyatt and Dimitri.
They are raising their children in a normal, down-to-earth way, and despite their collective net worth of millions, the couple wants their children to not be spoiled…
And, as Mila once said, she doesn’t want to raise “a**holes.”
It appears that Ashton and Mila are better than ever.
And we love to see it!
But recently Ashton has shared something traumatic that happened to him…
And it definitely put their relationship to the test.
In a clip of National Geographic’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Kutcher opened up that he was “lucky to be alive.”
After suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder.
He told Grylls…
“Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis that, like, knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out, like, all my equilibrium.
“It took me like a year to build it all back up.”
He added that: “You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.
“Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.’
“[I’m] lucky to be alive.”
Ashton continued: “The minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right?
“You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”
You can watch the clip here.
Since then, Ashton and Mila have been making headlines for his personal life even more…
This time for a bizarre hygiene habit!
“We have no closed doors in our house and that includes the bathroom,” Mila told E! News.
“It’s just one of those where, for better or for worse, as a family and the kids have all kind of embodied bodily function as a very standard norm.”
“I’d never thought that I would be the person that was able to go to the bathroom with the door open.”
But shockingly, it wasn’t this strange admission that got people talking…
Mila and Ashton have shocked fans after admitting they don’t buy their kids Christmas gifts.
Which is arguably even more bizarre than leaving the bathroom door open.
You’d think that the high earners would at least treat their kids to some presents over the holiday season, but it seems they’ve put strict rules in place.
Speaking to ET Online, Mila said: “So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids.
“We’re instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn’t really matter.
“Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two and it was too much. We didn’t give her anything — it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don’t even know what they’re expecting; they’re just expecting stuff.”
She also revealed that she’s asked their grandparents to go easy on the gift giving too.
“We’ve told our parents, ‘We’re begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we’d like to take a charitable donation, to the Children’s Hospital or a pet, whatever you want.’ That’s our new tradition.”
And now, the parents have landed in the spotlight with their tactics yet again.
But this time, it gets speedy!
Ashton is known for his love of running, and Mila has now opened up about how this is transferring to their kids.
She shared the news while speaking to People.
“They’re going to start,” explained the actress.
“They want to run a 5K and today he started training our kids to run. They did a half-mile run today. It’s very cute.”
Talking about Ashton’s marathon, the star said: “He did awesome.
“It’s amazing for kids to watch their parents go through it, because it’s not easy. It takes a toll on your body, and so our kids got to see him overcome all of this. It was very cool.”
However, Mila did admit she was not going to be joining the rest of her family in training!
And now, it seems Mila is in the news yet again, this time for her generosity.
Mila was born in 1983 in the then-Soviet city of Chernivtsi which is located in present-day Ukraine.
It was here where she and her relatives, some of whom survived the Holocaust, saw other people facing anti-Semitism, oppression, and lack of opportunity pack up and relocate.
Reportedly, it was a move her grandfather emphatically resisted until — in a twist worthy of Hollywood he saw Disneyland.
“His brother had moved to L.A. in the ’70s,” explained Mila.
“When my grandfather visited, he took him, and it, of all places, transformed his perspective on the possibilities of the West. He came back to Russia and said, ‘We’re leaving,'” she continued.
In February, when Russian forces invaded Ukraine, Mila moved to L.A. in 1991 at age 7 after her family got visas as religious refugees.
So, Mila now understands the uncertainty that comes with leaving a home you may never see again.
And that’s why she and Ashton launched a Stand With Ukraine GoFundMe page that offers supplies and short-term housing to millions displaced.
According to People, they have raised more than $37 million.
And the mission continues.
“We can’t become desensitized,” said Mila, who contributed $3 million herself.
“Helping — not even asking, just doing — should be our standard norm.”
Mila was then asked about her outspokenness for being a Ukraine advocate.
“It’s funny you say ‘outspoken’. I’ve always looked at people who were ‘outspoken’ as the ones who talk a lot but act little. This was one of the first times I’ve ever spoken out about being philanthropic because in this case there was no other way of getting this accomplished. When we saw Putin was going after the entire country, we knew a massive crisis was about to ensue,” she said.
She was also asked how she was able to mobilize the Stand With Ukraine fundraiser so quickly…
“The luxury of the situation was we didn’t have time to overthink things. Because I’m from Ukraine, I started getting calls from people who [wanted to help and] thought I knew the politics or had an understanding of NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] on the ground.
“That was my realization: If they don’t know who to go to, how will anybody? There were problems we knew we could help solve. So Ashton and I said, ‘Okay, let’s do this.’ Within 24 hours, we had GoFundMe on board,” the actress said.
Mila was then asked how this had been an opportunity for her to reconnect and introduce her heritage to her kids.
“My kids were always going to grow up eating my mother’s food. My parents and I speak Russian to each other, so they’ve grown up with that. They’ve naturally found pride in being half Ukrainian. The truth is I’m very American. I was raised in Los Angeles. That said, I’ve never been more proud to be from Ukraine.
“I’m so honored my kids can carry on that heritage. When you’re little, all you want to do is assimilate. As horrible as so many things are in the world today, the ‘You’re different, and that’s a cool thing’ sense of identity is new. I’m grateful for that,” she said.
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