‘Jealousy’ almost derailed Ashton Kutcher and his twin

Ashton Kutcher’s fame changed almost everything between him and his brother Michael. It wasn’t until the twins faced the elephants in the room—separation and jealousy—that they got back together like they had when they were younger.

It began when Ashton moved to New York from Iowa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.

“It’s part of being a twin,” Michael Kutcher said in The Checkup With Dr. David Agus,” a new six-part documentary series exploring the health challenges of famous people. “Until he went to New York when we were in our 20s, I always felt like we were one. I wrote him a letter and I was like, ‘I feel like a part of me just went away.’ So in my early adulthood I really struggled a lot trying to figure out who Michael was.

Born with cerebral palsy, Michael Kutcher is now a spokesperson for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. But when the twins were younger, he wasn’t as comfortable with his disability as he is now.

“There was a moment in all of this when I moved to New York and started to pick up some momentum with my career,” Ashton said, “and Mike came out to stay with me and he looked at me and said, ‘ Everyone If you pity me, you make me less. This is the only life I’ve ever known, so stop feeling sorry for the only one I have.’”

This helped Ashton put himself back into the relationship the brothers had when they were younger. But things were a little more complicated for Michael, who admitted he was jealous of Ashton.

“There was a moment where I saw that he was getting more attention than I was, and that kind of pushed me to a place where I was jealous,” Michael said. “Here we are, just one and two for so many years and he’s going off to do immense things, become a household name and it’s really impacted me in terms of my own self-esteem.”

But as the men talked, Michael realized that his brother was still his brother, not the famous name he had started hearing.

“We both kind of got to each other with our differences and it was through a conversation where we were like, why aren’t we as close as we used to be?” Ashton said. “Because it’s just when you’ve got that bottled up jealousy or anger or frustration or pity or all those variable things — they all become walls between people.”

Ashton admitted he was an idiot at the time, despite trying to help his brother financially by offering to pay off his college loans. He says he’s actually still an idiot, just not as much. But he said he figured if he was making “all this money” it just meant that “us” – the twins – were fine. It never occurred to him that what he considered generosity might be perceived as charity by the person to whom it was addressed.

Luckily the brothers worked it out. “The world might see him differently, but I know him,” Michael said. “He’s still my brother and he hasn’t changed and he never will. After taking all the fame and all out of it, I could just go back to him.

Ashton explained the effect fame had on him early in his career. It was not good.

“When I started seeing success at a very big level, it went to your head,” he said. “I was an A—. It’s so easy to believe the good things people say about you and start accepting that for who you are as a person. And frankly, [I] was just an a— for a while.”

But now the brothers support each other, with a history of medical problems behind them. Separate from his CP, Michael contracted viral myocarditis which enlarged his heart and meant he needed a transplant ASAP. Ashton, then 13, stood on a hospital balcony contemplating Michael’s needs and imagining jumping off – all so his brother could get his heart, which he was sure would fit.

Michael ended up being matched with a donor heart from a woman they had never met. A while later, he needed open-heart surgery to remove a clot from the new heart, an operation Ashton “knew” would work well, although Michael was afraid it wouldn’t work.

Then, a few years ago, Ashton was stricken with a rare autoimmune disease that robbed him of his sight, hearing and balance. He couldn’t walk properly and it took him about a year to recover. He revealed the extent of his illness on an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge this summer.

But on The Checkup, Ashton said he “clearly” has a different attitude due to his family’s struggles.

“I have an appreciation for life. I have empathy for people who are in the middle of a completely different struggle,” Ashton said. “And I feel like when someone else feels joy, you can feel their joy.”

“The Checkup With Dr. David Agus” is streaming on Paramount+. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Nick Cannon, Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver, Howie Mandel and Amy Schumer will also be interviewed by the doctor as part of the series, which is also available on Prime Video.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-12-06/ashton-kutcher-twin-brother-michael-kutcher-health-relationship ‘Jealousy’ almost derailed Ashton Kutcher and his twin

Sarah Ridley

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