Douglas and Zeta-Jones split: Was stress a factor?

Despite a 25-year age difference, actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been married since 2000. Though they remain legally married, the two are now living separately. 

AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File
In a file photo, actors Catherine Zeta-Jones,left, and Michael Douglas speak to the media as they arrive at "A Fine Romance" third annual benefit at Sony Pictures in Culver City, Calif. The couple has decided to spend some time apart.

After 13 years of marriage, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have separated, Zeta-Jones' representative told TheWrap.

"Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," the rep said. "There will be no further comment."

The couple, who have two children together, haven't been photographed together since April 22 when they walked a red carpet at an event in New York City.

The movie star couple decided to take time apart shorty after Douglas returned from the Cannes Film Festival in May, People Magazine reports in its new issue. Douglas was there to support the world premiere of his latest film, "Behind the Candelabra," which debuted on HBO earlier this summer.

"They're taking a break," one individual close to the couple told the magazine.

Although living separately -- Douglas reportedly on a yacht off the coast of Sardinia and Zeta-Jones at home in New York -- neither has filed for divorce or a legal separation, People said. 

According to a friend cited by People, "stress" from Douglas' 2010 cancer battle and Zeta-Jones' struggles with bipolar II disorder "has taken a toll on their marriage." Zeta-Jones received a second round of treatment for the disorder at a mental health facility in April.

Despite an exact 25-year age difference (oddly enough, both were born on Sept. 25), the two began dating in March of 1999 after meeting in France. They tied the knot on Nov. 18, 2000 during a ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Zeta-Jones was seen on the big screen this summer in Summit's "Red 2." Douglas will return to the box office when his buddy comedy, "Last Vegas," lands in theaters on Nov. 1.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to

QR Code to Douglas and Zeta-Jones split: Was stress a factor?
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today