Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Confirm Separation

The celebrity couple have decided split to ‘evaluate’ their long-time marriage.

Michael Douglas is reportedly in Sardinia now, while Catherine stays in New York with their two children. Photo: Laurie Curtis/Flickr

One of the most solid Hollywood union, who married back in 2000 but have recently faced numerous black bars in their marriage, are spending time apart, the actress’ spokesperson confirmed.

Zeta Jones’s publicist told The Daily Telegraph: “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage. There will be no further comment.”

The celebrities, who tied the knot 13 years ago, were last spotted together on the red carpet a few months ago. Neither of them is said to have filed for divorce or moved towards a legal separation.

The news of the upcoming split speaded a day before with sources saying: “Michael is going to announce the split soon. Catherine is fighting to save the marriage but he’s had it.”

Recent years have become quite intese ones for the celebrity couple. Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer two years ago, while Catherine was getting treatment for her bipolar disorder.

Speaking of her husband’s courage during his cancer battle, the atress told reporters earlier this year: “I wasn’t as strong as I thought I could have been. I look back and I can’t believe the strength he had.”

Catherine’s illness has resulted in a  few manic episodes that Michael can no longer stand and that can be a real reason for the couple’s split.

The actress has always controlled what happens with her kids but in recent months her husband demonstrated his intensions to be a very hands on father.

Last week Michael and the children, Dylan Michael Douglas, 13, and 10-year-old daughter Carys Zeta Douglas, flew to Germany without Catherine’s approval but she could do nothing to stop the father and the kids.

Reports of a marriage crisis were denied at the moment but Michael’s spokesman would only say yesterday: “I won’t talk about that.”

By the way, a deade ago in one of her interiews Catherine revealed that she was not going to divorce. Ever.

“I find divorces repulsive,” she said at the time. “I will never get divorced, never.”

The actress insisted that it was “in her genes” to be married for life and that the subject of divorce would never be entertained.

Asked how she could be so sure, she explained: “I grew up in a small, strictly-Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales.”

“The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood – people stick together more,” Zeta Jones added.

However, Douglas used to be highly discussed because of his numerous cheatings. The unfaithful husband even was rumored to be sent to an Arizona clinic to be treated for “sex addiction”.

But he suddendly changed when started dating Zeta Jones. A close friend of the couple said at the time: “He hasn’t looked at another woman since he met Catherine and he has every intention of staying faithful to her for ever.”

A close friend said: “He hasn’t looked at another woman since he met Catherine and he has every intention of staying faithful to her for ever.”

However, the Hollywood actor recently spoke about his divorce from his first wife Diandra, which he admitted should have ended sooner.

He said: “I know I’m going to get into trouble here. I have nothing against her and in fact I’m very fond of my first wife. But we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier.”

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