Michael Douglas, 69, recently reunited with his younger wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, 44, after the celebrity couple decided to take a break from their marriage in August 2013. Although it was unclear at first if they would ever get back together, it’s now clear that the time apart actually helped their May-December relationship.
Michael Douglas recently spoke out about what it takes to truly make a marriage successful, and in doing so, he ended up reinforcing one of the biggest merits of age gap dating and why younger women dating older men can actually work better than conventional relationships.
“A lot of it has to do with age,” the actor told People magazine. “When you’ve accomplished a certain amount in your career, you’re not so focused on your ambitions. It makes you appreciate—and hopefully you do that sooner rather than later—the value of your partner.”
More and more women are turning to dating older men because they’re realizing that it often results in a healthier, more stable long-term relationship. While young men are busy building their empire, focusing on their careers, and trying to make money, rich older men, like Michael Douglas, have already paid their dues. They’ve worked hard to achieve success and can now enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Dating older men can be more satisfying if you’re looking for a long-term relationship, because on top of enjoying the security of financial stability, he’s more likely to invest time and energy into the relationship, simply because he can afford to. And like Michael Douglas said, “Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that’s nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it’s ignored, it withers.”
If you’re interested in dating older men, but you’re worried about having to deal with his kids from a previous relationship, Michael Douglas has some more good advice: be honest. “I’m more and more prone to tell kids just about everything,” said the actor, adding, “Kids know. They know everything. I would err on the side of pretty much sharing everything. They can digest it.”
And he’s right. Kids often know a lot more than people think. That’s why it’s best to be straightforward with them when it comes to age gap dating. Of course, their age should be factored into how much you’re sharing with them. But don’t try and hide your May-December relationship or play it off like something else, because chances are, his kids will have a pretty good idea about what’s going on.
What do you think: What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard or gotten about dating older men?
Leonard, E., “Michael Douglas: Marriage Takes Nurturing to ‘Prosper and Grow,’” People web site, June 18, 2014; http://goo.gl/qpTfuX.
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