Celebrity Couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are Officially Separated

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones SepratedIt’s official—Michael Dou­glas and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones have sep­a­rated. Rumors have been fly­ing for the past few weeks about the celebrity cou­ple finally end­ing their 13-year May-December mar­riage, but Zeta Jones’ pub­li­cist has now con­firmed the news, say­ing, “Cather­ine and Michael are tak­ing some time apart to eval­u­ate and work on their mar­riage.” That was the only com­ment made on behalf of the celebrity couple.

The sep­a­ra­tion doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that they’re headed for a divorce, as nei­ther side has filed for a divorce or even for a legal sep­a­ra­tion. Sources are claim­ing that the never-ending stress in their marriage—like Dou­glas’ bat­tle with can­cer and Zeta-Jones’ strug­gle with bipo­lar disorder—eventually took its toll and that they’ve lost touch with each other. There’s also spec­u­la­tion that the celebrity cou­ple was sim­ply too dif­fer­ent. For exam­ple, she likes the quiet sub­ur­ban life, while he likes to be in the city. “They’re like chalk and cheese,” an insider told E! News. “The only thing that really bonds them is their love for the kids. But even then, they do it sep­a­rately.” Dou­glas, 68, and Zeta-Jones, 43, have two kids together—a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter.

In the midst of their sep­a­ra­tion, Zeta-Jones is report­edly spend­ing time with her mother in the sub­urbs. Mean­while, Dou­glas was recently spot­ted in the South of France with a friend. The actor is report­edly still plan­ning to head to north­ern France to attend the Deauville Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val. Inter­est­ingly, this same film fes­ti­val is where he met his wife back in 1998. He was instantly infat­u­ated with Zeta-Jones upon being intro­duced to her, and they were mar­ried two years later.

What do you think: Can a brief sep­a­ra­tion mend their mar­riage, or are Michael Dou­glas and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones inevitably headed for a divorce?

Sources:

Blumm, K.C., et al., “Michael Dou­glas Set to Return to Where He First Met Cather­ine Zeta-Jones,” Peo­ple web site, August 28, 2013; http://goo.gl/wmNCfA.

Finn, N., “Inside Cather­ine Zeta-Jones’ Solo Life: Rid­ing Horses, Spend­ing Time with Mom in the Sub­urbs While Michael Dou­glas Stays in Man­hat­tan,” E! News web site, August 28, 2013; http://goo.gl/eL5Ldc.

Photo Credit: cin­e­mafes­ti­val / Shutterstock.com (Michael Dou­glas), Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com (Cather­ine Zeta-Jones)