Are Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Getting a Divorce?

A U.S. tabloid recently reported that one of the most well-known celebrity cou­ples in a May-December rela­tion­ship, Michael Dou­glas and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, is in the process of get­ting a divorce after 13 years of mar­riage. Reps for Dou­glas and Zeta-Jones quickly shot down the divorce rumors, but it seems the story sur­faced because the celebrity cou­ple has actu­ally been spend­ing a lot more time apart as of late. Dou­glas is report­edly stay­ing in Man­hat­tan at the moment, while Zeta-Jones is still liv­ing in their New York State home with their two kids. Dou­glas sup­pos­edly goes to visit his fam­ily on the weekends.

With these unusual liv­ing arrange­ments, it’s hard to tell if their mar­riage is on the rocks, or if they’re just con­tent with not spend­ing every day together. After all, Zeta-Jones did recently admit that the secret to their suc­cess­ful mar­riage was space and that she often spent time alone in a secluded room in their home. Sources close to the celebrity cou­ple, how­ever, have a slightly dif­fer­ent opin­ion about how much time they’re spend­ing apart. “They need to make more of an effort with their mar­riage. It’s not enough to be seen together for pub­lic appearances—they have to do more behind the scenes,” the insider told Grazia mag­a­zine.

Despite not liv­ing together full-time right now, the source assures that divorce isn’t some­thing they’re con­sid­er­ing at all, espe­cially because of the impact that it would have on their kids and on their health—Zeta-Jones has been very open about how stress made it harder for her to man­age her bipo­lar dis­or­der. The actress has also said in the past that she’s repulsed by the con­cept of divorce and that she will “never get divorced, never.” Just in case, though, they’ve got an iron­clad prenup in place if it ever comes down to that.

What do you think: Can a mar­riage still be happy and suc­cess­ful if you’re not actu­ally liv­ing together full-time?


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“Zeta-Jones not con­sid­er­ing Dou­glas divorce,” Belfast Tele­graph web site, August 20, 2013;

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