Ahead of the Tuesday release of her memoir, Demi Moore sat down with Good Morning America for an interview that aired Monday in which the actress recounted how she lost herself for a while—and reclaimed herself by writing the book, Inside Out. While asking herself "how the 'f' did I get here," she says she realized that somewhere along the way, "I blinded myself and I ... lost myself." Then came the memoir, in which she recounts a childhood rife with difficulties surrounding her parents' alcoholism, debt, infidelities, frequent moves, and more. At 12, she writes in the book, she removed pills from her mother's mouth during the woman's first of "many, many" suicide attempts, Moore tells GMA. She says that was the day that marked the end of her childhood, and things got worse from there.
She found out the man she had known as her father was not her biological father; her parents divorced; and when she was just 15, an older man raped her and told her she had been "whored" by her mother "for $500," she writes. "I think, in my deep heart, no. I don't think it was a straightforward transaction," she tells GMA. "But she still—she still did give him the access and put me in harm's way." She soon dropped out of school and went to Hollywood to begin her acting career, but quickly started abusing alcohol and drugs; by her 20s, she was in rehab, and was sober for almost 20 years, she says. The interview continues to air Tuesday and Wednesday. (Moore says in the book that her marriage to Ashton Kutcher was like a "do-over" of her youth, and that she came to regret participating in threesomes with him.)