Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood. Is their marriage ending? Here are the 5 Fast Facts on our favorite couple’s choice to take a break.
1. The Famous Couple Has Separated
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones married in 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. After thirteen years, a source has told People that the couple has decided to take a break. Fortunately, no steps have been taken for a legal separation or worst of all, divorce. Even so, it was reported recently in Star Magazine that Zeta-Jones is getting ready for a $300 million divorce battle. Let’s hope this isn’t the case.
Genuinely sad to hear this – thought they would make it. "@entylawyer: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones announce separation."
— Lorna Sims Byrne (@MissLanor) August 28, 2013
According to Daily Mail, their rep has denied that they have separated. Only time will tell. Read on for more details.
2. All the Signs Were There
According to Daily Mail, the couple hasn’t been publicly photographed together since April at the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. In addition, they’ve walked red carpets by themselves and vacationed separately. Most recently, Zeta-Jones has been staying at their home in New York while Douglas is taking time to himself on a yacht off the coast of Sardinia.
3. The Couple’s Illnesses Have Taken Their Toll
Over the past few years, the couple has had to battle cancer with Douglas and bipolar II disorder with Zeta-Jones. A source told People:
The stress has taken a toll on their marriage.
One might think such hardships would bring a couple closer together, but not in this case.
4. Douglas and Zeta-Jones Made the Choice to Separate in May
When Douglas had returned home in May from the Cannes Film Festival, the two stars decided to spend time away from each other for a while. Zeta-Jones had also just returned home from her second round of treatment for her bipolar disorder. The treatment is said to be a way to monitor the star’s disease.
Shocked to see Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have separated :( Too many marriages down the toilet these days :(
— Chloe (@ChickLitChloe) August 28, 2013
5. They’re Trying to Work it Out For the Kids
Douglas and Zeta-Jones have two children together: Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10. A source close to the couple revealed to People that the couple only wants what is best for the children, no matter what may happen with their relationship. Perhaps this time apart will help get things back on track.