The One Thing That Made Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Marriage to Michael Douglas Even Stronger

Zeta-Jones Marriage to Sugar Daddy Michael DouglasActress Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, 43, and her older hus­band, 68-year-old Michael Dou­glas, have endured some rough times over the past cou­ple of years. Less than a year after he was diag­nosed with stage IV throat can­cer (the most severe stage), she revealed that she was under­go­ing treat­ment for bipo­lar II disorder.

Both celebri­ties have since over­come their ill­nesses, and while Dou­glas has always been vocal about his wife’s health, Zeta-Jones hasn’t really opened up at all about her husband’s illness…until now. The actress is finally speak­ing out about how Dou­glas’ ter­ri­fy­ing can­cer diag­no­sis affected her and their two young kids. She admit­ted that when they first found out about his dete­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion, her first reac­tion was dis­be­lief. “This hap­pens to peo­ple all the time, but it’s still a huge shock when the cards start to fall and you real­ize, ‘My God, it really is hap­pen­ing to us,’” she told Stella mag­a­zine, adding that her friends, fam­ily, and even sup­port­ive strangers were her real strength through­out the ordeal.

Zeta-Jones also praised her hus­band for fight­ing so hard, and admit­ted that they didn’t try to shel­ter their kids from what was hap­pen­ing. “He was very open with the chil­dren. No secrets—they went and saw him hav­ing treat­ment. Together we all coped with every­thing. It did make us closer.”

This celebrity cou­ple has stood by each oth­ers’ sides through thick and thin, which has paid off because after 13 years of mar­riage, they seem stronger than ever.

Ensor, J., “Cather­ine Zeta-Jones talks for first time about hus­band Michael Douglas’s can­cer,” The Tele­graph web site;, last accessed July 15, 2013.

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