Ashton Kutcher fought back tears as he paid an emotional tribute to his twin brother, Michael Kutcher, who was born with cerebral palsy. Speaking at the Ron Pearson Centre, where he received the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award, he said: "I was born a twin and from the moment I came into this world I had to share it with someone. I shared every birthday, every Christmas, I shared my bedroom, I shared my clothes, I shared everything I had in this world and I didn't know that there was another way because I always had my brother with me."
He continued: "My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn't a choice and that people aren't actually all created equal. The Constitution lies to us. We're not all created equal. We're all created incredibly inequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that." The Butterfly Effect actor then concluded: "When I got older, I spent years and years feeling bad about it, our inequalities. He also taught me that he had gifts that I didn't have. Extraordinary gifts that I didn't have, and that every time I felt sorry for him in life, I made him less. He taught me that and he gave that to me."
The star also opened up about his wife, Mila Kunis, and what she has taught him. He joked: "I mean, I'm telling you, this morning, I woke up and she kicked my ass on character. I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids before she woke up and I let her sleep a little bit and then she's like, 'Well, now you're gonna act tired? I do it every day.' But it was a character moment, right? Because she's right!"
Rebecca is an independent publisher working to help siblings of children with emotional challenges.