Douglas, Zeta-Jones Have Seperated
After almost 13 years, Michael Douglas, 68, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, are spliting up.
Zeta-Jones’ publicist, Cece Yorke and Douglas’ publicist, Allen Burry, said in statement.”Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage. There will be no further comment.”
The two haven’t been seen together since April, according to People magazine. They’ve walked red carpets solo, vacationed separately with their kids, and in recent days he’s has been relaxing on a yacht and playing golf in Sardinia – with Zeta-Jones at home in New York.
The pair decided to spend time apart soon after he came back from the Cannes Film Festival in May. Zeta-Jones had recently returned from a scheduled second round of treatment to monitor her bipolar disorder.
The two were married in a lavish ceremony in 2000 at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. They were hailed as the newest, hottest May-December union in Hollywood, and neither seemed bothered by the age difference.
But, they have had a rough few years, weathering his battle with throat cancer and her battle with bipolar II disorder. Plus, there’s the 25-year age difference and the prison sentence for his son from his first marriage.
And most recently, Douglas’ comments about HPV possibly causing his cancer are said to have not gone over well with her. He issued a statement clarifying that he was not saying he got it from her.
Earlier this month, celebrity rags began buzzing about a divorce. The Aug. 12 edition of Star magazine claimed Douglas had moved out.
Douglas and Zeta-Jones, who have two children — Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10 — decided to spend time apart soon after he came back from the Cannes Film Festival in May, says People. The magazine also reports that neither side has filed divorce papers. And “those close to the couple hold out hope” the two can work things out.
Neither star has filed for divorce or moved toward a legal separation, sources say.