The Unexpected Twist in the Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Split

The New Year is already look­ing like it is going to be bet­ter for Michael Dou­glas, 69, and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, 44. The celebrity cou­ple con­firmed in August 2013 that they were tak­ing a break from their 13-year mar­riage. But it looks like they might be on the road to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, because the once hap­pily mar­ried celebrity cou­ple was pho­tographed together in pub­lic for the first time since splitting.

Dou­glas and Zeta-Jones were spot­ted leav­ing their apart­ment in New York City. They enjoyed lunch together before going to watch a Broad­way show and then a movie with their two kids. They were also both wear­ing their wed­ding rings and looked happy to be in each other’s company.

While this isn’t exactly a solid reunion, it’s def­i­nitely a step in the right direc­tion. Despite their mar­riage trou­bles, Dou­glas has always been opti­mistic about work­ing things out with his wife. “Some­times peo­ple take a lit­tle bit of a break, but it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that’s the end. I’m very hope­ful,” the actor said back in October.

Dou­glas isn’t the only one who’s hope­ful that they’ll get back together. “This is a sep­a­ra­tion, not a split. Not a divorce,” an insider who’s close to Zeta-Jones told Peo­ple mag­a­zine. “They’re not giv­ing up.”

What do you think: Can time apart really be enough to fix a marriage?


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John­son, Z., “Cather­ine Zeta-Jones Steps Out With Michael Dou­glas Months After Separating—See the Pic!” E! News web site, Decem­ber 30, 2013;

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