"I think it's all about working on the relationship and making it better...when it's good," the coverboy told the mag's sister publication, Women's Health.
"Don't wait for a problem to work on things. The goal is not to get into a relationship; the goal is to be in a relationship."
And Ashton's personal goal? Not just to be a good partner, but apparently, an attentive one.
"I would just like a woman someday, somewhere, at some point in my life to say to me, 'You're a great listener,'" he said. "Haven't heard it yet, and that's a superior compliment to get from a woman. But I'm going to work on it."
Wonder if his listening abilities constituted one of those irreconcilable differences? Time (and the inevitable divorce papers) will tell.
And while Kutcher was very much with Moore at the time of the interview—albeit embroiled in the mother of all tabloid scandals—he nevertheless managed to sneak in some details about what he might be looking for (and what might have led to his marriage's petering out) when he's next ready to couple up.
When asked by the magazine to fill in the blank on the following sentence, "I could never be with a woman who..." he replied:
"Wow, that's tough. I could never be with a woman who felt like she needed to change me."
While neither side has offered up details as to the cause of their split (not that they need to), for her part, Demi has also seemed to at least hint that there were also a few relationship deal-breakers in her eyes, too.
"As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life," she said in her divorce announcement yesterday.
Meanwhile, it wasn't only to Women's Health that Ashton did some talking, as he also briefly opened up to Men's Health.
While he wasn't speaking specifically of his relationship to Demi, his sentiments certainly seem like they could be applied here, too.
"I'm relatively scared of failure," he told the mag. "But I just don't see it as something that's inevitable."
Unfortunately, in this case, it was.