The 32-year-old actor – who wed Demi, 47, in September 2005 – has revealed she thought he was a “douche bag” when they first met because he was known for his eye for the ladies.
He said: “We met through a mutual friend. She thought I was a douche bag. I had just gotten out of the shower and walked in the room with no shirt on.
“I was out of control with women. I was very abusive with women. but like every girl they always think that, ‘I will be the one to change him.’ I seduced women. That was my move. I was a womaniser. I wasn’t marriage material. I had to prove to her that I was serious. I hung in there telling myself this is the woman I want to be with.”
Ashton insists he knew from their initial introduction that Demi was ‘The One’ for him.
He added to website Bettyconfidential.com: “I knew I wanted to be with this person. I heard her on the phone talking to her daughter and I knew she would keep me grounded. I told her, ‘I need to talk to you later.'”