Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, whose break-up last December shocked Hollywood, have put their divorce plans on ice and could be on course for a sensational reconciliation.
The former couple met for the first time this week since the actress dumped her husband of six years and went into rehab after claims that he had cheated.
They were locked in a 60-second embrace at the birthday party of the man who officiated at their wedding and friends are sure their feelings for each other are as strong as ever.
“They are still desperately in love and could be on for a reconciliation. The divorce isn’t being processed right now,” the Mirror quoted a source as saying.
The 49-year-old had been laying down hints all week on Twitter that she could be ready to forgive and start from scratch.
The 34-year-old actor had tears in his eyes as he made a speech at the party, declaring he had “made all these horrendous mistakes in the last year.”
“Ashton’s voice started to break as he spoke. He just fell into tears. He sat down to a round of applause while Demi just looked ­frozen,” a guest at the 40th birthday bash for Kaballah Rabbi Yehuda Berg said.
The Two And A Half Men star had arrived at the Beverly Hills hotel two hours before the Indecent Proposal star.
“Ashton was there quietly socialising and Demi showed up a couple of hours later looking amazing,” a guest said.
“She went over to wish Yehuda a happy birthday and Ashton was right by him. Yehuda left them to talk. They started to chat and were extremely affectionate. She was staring at him like a love-sick puppy,” the guest said.
Witnesses also described the affection between the estranged couple.
“They both sat at the front with a mutual friend between them. Demi got up to speak and spoke about family not necessarily being your blood but being people who love you,” a witness said.
“Then Ashton got up and he spoke about how amazing Yehuda was.
“He said that if Yehuda is your friend, he’ll love you unconditionally, no matter what mistakes you’ve made, before making the emotional admission that he had made mistakes. It was obvious he was referring to the break-up,” the witness said.
Earlier Demi had “favourited” a tweet from singer Wiz Khalifa.
“We all make mistakes. Don’t let that be the reason you give up on somebody,” she tweeted.
Another tweet she made a favourite was from a daily quotation service called ‘The Love Stories’.
“Sometimes you have to love people from a distance and give them space and time to get their minds right,” she had tweeted.