Michael Douglas Gets Perspective on Relationship with Catherine Zeta Jones
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones’ relationship seems to have recovered from a recent split. Last August, they declared that their marriage was over, but now it seems stronger than ever.
They have been in a relationship for 14 years. Douglas has said that his tongue cancer and her having spent time in rehab for bipolar disorder have put a strain on their marriage. However, Douglas has claimed that his sickness has allowed him to gain perspective on their relationship. He admits to making mistakes in his relationship. Douglas was quoted as saying, “First you have to admit that you made a mistake, then dealing with it is easy. Of course it’s important to make mistakes, as long as you grow from them.”
Douglas was also quoted as saying, “When you are younger you care what other people think, and you take the person closest to you for granted. You waste a lot of energy on strangers to make a good impression. When you’re older, you focus that energy on the people closest to you, on your family, and you’re courteous.”
The couple were very affectionate with each other at the 42nd Annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala, which was honoring Jane Fonda, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. They were holding hands for the photographers at the red carpet event.
Sickness has not affected Douglas’ acting career so much recently. He has completed two new movies, And So It Goes and The Reach. And So It Goes is a comedy that also stars Diane Keaton. It will be released later this summer. The Reach stars Jeremy Irvine and is scheduled to be released later this year. Additionally, Douglas will star with Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd in a movie called Ant Man, which is not scheduled for release until 2015.
Douglas also admits that the couple have been seeking marital counseling in order to help patch up their marriage.
“We did get some marriage counseling,” Douglas says. “I think if both parties want to work it out, it makes it a lot easier than if one party is out the door. Things are going great with Catherine and me. The children are doing well both in school and as human beings. I don’t know many people my age who have an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old – that certainly keeps you going.”
The couple have been married since 2000 and have two children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 11.