Catherine Zeta-Jones And Michael Douglas Unlikely To Separate

If the series of events during the recent past are anything to go by, Hollywood celebrity couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas are unlikely to separate in the near future. For instance, the high profile couple appeared together with their two children at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2014 to catch the Super Bowl game. Photographers spotted the family standing in one of the private boxes as the National Anthem played before kickoff. Earlier in the day, the four left their home in New York to travel to Jersey for the big game. Things seem to be looking up for the couple that had announced a possible divorce in August 2013. In fact, sources close to the family reveal that the pair seems headed towards reconciliation.

The past few years have been tumultuous for the couple due to various reasons. For instance, in 2010, doctors diagnosed Michael with throat cancer (later reported as tongue cancer) and as a result, Catherine had to put her demanding career on hold to stay with her husband as he underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Canada. The pressure took its toll on the Catherine who finally broke down in front of a 13,000 crowd that had gathered for the Ryder Cup Welcome to Wales Concert.

In April 2011, Catherine Zeta Jones suffered from Bipolar 11 disorder, and checked herself into the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. In a candid interview with the Telegraph Newspaper at her New York home later on, she revealed that traumatic events in her life might have triggered the disorder.

After those difficult moments came to pass, Catherine and Michael got back on track with their busy acting schedules. Catherine appeared in the movies “Rock of Ages”, “Lay the Favorite” and “Playing the Keep”, while Michael appeared in “Haywire.” However, things were not as rosy as they appeared on the outside for the famous couple. On April 27, 2013, the Mask of Zorro actress checked back in to a healthcare facility due to her recurrent bipolar disorder. This was only a week after she appeared together with Michael on the red carpet for the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala ceremony held at the Lincoln Center. Curiously, she was not with her husband at the White House Correspondents Dinner held in Washington on the 25th of that month.

After her brief stay at the hospital, Catherine returned to Hollywood to work on two more movies: “Side Effects” and “Red 2”. In an interview, she stated that stress, lack of enough sleep, and busy work schedules had triggered the bipolar 11 relapse. She admitted feeling quite apprehensive before revisiting her role as Velma Kelly in the movie version of “Chicago” during the 2013 Academy Awards. This same role had won her Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actress together with numerous other accolades and nominations back in 2002 at the height of her career. Meanwhile, Michael was shooting the highly acclaimed movie “Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace”. Suddenly, the media was abuzz with news that 35-year- old Cameron Douglas, Michael’s son with former wife Diandra Luker, was to be convicted for ten years on drug related offenses.

In the end, the aforementioned events became too much for the celebrity couple to handle, and they announced an imminent separation in August 2013. Catherine’s publicist Cece Yorke announced that the couple had opted to separate for a while and evaluate their marriage. People reported that Michael’s cancer, Catherine’s bipolar disorder, and family conflicts were behind the tension in the marriage.

Nevertheless, the couple’s 13-year marriage seemed set for a new lease of life as their wedding anniversary loomed in November last year. During that period, Michael thanked his wife for her support during the acceptance speech for the Emmy’s late last year, and declared his love for her during the Golden Globes earlier this year. The two have also been seen together wearing their wedding bands, first in New York at a family outing, then in Canada for the New Year celebrations, before the latest appearance at the Super Bowl 14.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Attempts To Mend Fences With Her Estranged Hubby

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

The past few years have not been kind to Hollywood A-list star Zeta-Jones. To start with, she had to deal with her hubby’s – Michael Douglas – stage IV tongue cancer in 2010. Luckily, Douglas survived after undergoing treatment. In 2011, she had to spend time in rehab receiving treatment for bipolar II disorder.¬†However, the year 2013 proved to be a bad one for Catherine and Michael Douglas. In April 2013, she had to check again into a specialist health unit to get treatment for her bipolar II disorder. Come June the same year and her hubby made comments saying that he contracted the HPV virus — that could have caused his throat cancer — through oral sex. Watch the video below to find out more.

Although Douglas backtracked on his comments, they must have embarrassed Catherine immensely. As if this was not enough heartbreak for one year, Douglas and Jones announced they were splitting after 13 years of marriage on 28 August 2013. Before confirming their separation, there had been rumors that they were largely leading separate lives and living in separate houses. At the time, it seemed like the end of the Hollywood power couple’s marriage.

However, 2014 seems to be a different year for both Douglas and Catherine. To start with, the estranged couple and their two children, son Dylan and daughter Carys, kicked off 2014 with a trip to the picturesque resort town of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, where they indulged in skiing. Apparently, they had spent Christmas together at their home in Bedford, New York before jetting off to Canada. The A-list family even posted photos of themselves skiing on Facebook adding credence to rumors that Douglas and Jones where working to resolve their issues and save their marriage.

Just the other day, on Sunday, Michael and Jones took their kids to watch the Super Bowl. Photographs showed the couple in a jovial mood as they sang the American national anthem and then enjoyed proceedings on the pitch. It is also important to note that neither Jones nor Douglas have ditched their wedding rings. In fact, the couple showed up for a family lunch with their kids in December 2013 wearing their wedding rings. The same day, the A-list family attended a Broadway musical and took time to see The Hobbit.

The clearest sign that the superstar couple wanted to give their marriage another shot emerged late last year. While appearing on the Jay Leno show, Michael said his relationship with the glamorous Welsh actress “should hopefully be on the up and up“. Take a look at the clip below.

By December 2013, reports surfaced that Michael was dutifully making his way to Jones’s luxury penthouse overlooking Central Park every day in the morning to cook pancakes for the Welsh beauty and their children. He would also return in the evening to watch TV with the kids before they went to bed. Michael would then leave to spend the night at his Manhattan bachelor pad.

The icing on the cake for Zeta-Jones must have been Douglas’s confession that he still loved her while delivering his Golden Globes acceptance speech. He paid tribute to his estranged wife and reaffirmed his love to her. He also paid tribute to their children Carys and Cameron. This confirms what he had said back in August 2013 when he announced their breakup. At the time, he said, “people take a little bit of break, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the end.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones must be hoping that recent events will lead to a reunion and possibly a happy marriage with partner of 14 years Michael Douglas. Maybe, their marriage will remain to be one of Hollywood’s best.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Makes A Positive Out Of Her Bipolar Condition

BiPolar disorderCatherine Zeta-Jones is known for a lot of things: her extensive acting career, her up and down marriage to actor Michael Douglas, her singing abilities. In recent years, though, she has also come out to explain that she suffers from bipolar disorder, a condition she shares with millions.

The timing of the revelation that she has bipolar II disorder was not exactly of her choosing. Her publicist released the information in 2011 when, following her husband’s treatment for throat cancer, she underwent in-patient treatment for the condition. She re-entered rehabilitation in 2013 for another round of treatments that she said at the time was planned as part of her ongoing effort to maintain her health.

Bipolar, or manic depressive, disorder is believe to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that creates massive mood swings in the sufferer. One moment the individual can be elated, overly joyful, and excited, and the next, deeply depressed and despondent. When a person is in a symptomatic state, they will generally experience more negative moods than positive ones.

There are proven ways the individual can manage or treat the symptoms. Medications can help level out moods so there is not such a dramatic swing. Psychotherapy, which is available in both in- and out-patient scenarios, helps the individual with recognizing signs, solving problems, and managing stress.

The honored actress admits that her husband’s bout with throat cancer played a major role in her seeking treatment on an in-patient basis — something that eventually would come out in public. She said, however, that she does not regret that her condition has become publicly known and instead views it as an opportunity to help others who may be suffering by exposing the condition and the fact that it is treatable.

The actress was quoted by E! News at the time she first opened up about her condition that she hoped her revelation would encourage others to find help and found the publicity she generated would be worth it if one person were helped. She said people need not suffer silently and should not feel shame if they do seek help.

During a 2012 interview that was televised on Good Morning America, however, she did admit she had not planned on being a “poster child” for the condition and said she had never desired the publicity. It simply came out, she said. You can see the interview in the video below.

However, since the 2011 incident, Ms. Zeta-Jones has been forthright about her bipolar condition and has done many interviews on the topic, offering, often without prompting, information about how she deals with what she seems to consider only an interference in her life.

Speaking through her publicist, she said she was able to arrange her rehabilitation treatments around her busy acting schedule and has as of now voluntarily checked herself into a health facility twice as a part of her commitment to stay healthy.

Her publicist said there was no significant problem that prompted her return to rehab for treatment in 2013. Rather it was part of a set plan since the actress was free and between projects, so she was available to do this to insure her continued health.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were married in 2000 and they have two children together, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10. The couple announced in August 2013 that they were separating, but have been seen together many times since.

Most recently they both took their children to attend the 2014 Super Bowl, which has again prompted speculation among the Hollywood press that the two are headed toward a reconciliation since the two were also wearing their wedding rings. Mr. Douglas, who is 69, was seen standing between the two children, while the 44-year-old actress stood next to their son.