Demi Moore says there was an "enduring awkwardness" between her ex-husband Bruce Willis and new spouse Ashton Kutcher.
The 45-year-old actress - who has remained good friends with Bruce, the father of her three children, Rumer, 19, Scout, 16, and Tallulah Belle, 13 - admits it wasn't "easy" when she started dating Ashton, who is 15 years her junior, in 2003.
Demi - who married Ashton in September 2005 - said: "It wasn't a piece of cake. It wasn't automatic or easy. It took diligence and effort and even enduring awkwardness, and a lot of general giving on my part and Bruce's part. And really, tremendously, on Ashton's part. Coming into my life, Ashton just wasn't meeting somebody that had baggage. You know, I had trunks!"
Demi also insists there are no hard feelings between her and Bruce - whose 13-year-old marriage ended in 2000 - and they just want each other to be happy.
She added to V magazine: "It's far more exhausting to be angry and blaming. You can dig deep within yourself and really have a desire for someone else's happiness, which I feel I do have for Bruce and he has for me. He has a joy and appreciation for what Ashton and I share, and for how Ashton is with the girls."
The 'Ghost' star also claims she is a typical mother who takes her children to school and insists on her family having dinner together every night.
She said: "My normal day is, I get up with the kids, take them to school, a few days a week I might do Pilates, reading, meetings, and then we always do family dinner at 6.30."