Why Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Age-Gap Marriage to Michael Douglas Is So Successful

Catherine Zeta-Jones And Sugar Daddy Michael DouglasAge-gap rela­tion­ships are no easy feat—they require time, patience, and com­mit­ment if they’re ever going to work. It doesn’t make it any eas­ier when you’re both busy movie stars who are always in the pub­lic eye. But after 13 years of mar­riage and two kids, actors Cather­ine Zeta-Jones and Michael Dou­glas are stronger than ever, despite their 25-year age dif­fer­ence. The two have stood by each other in sick­ness and in health, and have always been open about their strug­gles, like Dou­glas’ advanced throat can­cer diag­no­sis and Zeta-Jones’ strug­gle with bipo­lar disorder.

When recently asked about how their mar­riage has endured so much over the years, Zeta-Jones revealed their secret, and it’s really very simple—they give each other space. “Respect, space and a sense of humor. We spend a hell of a lot of time together, so we are care­ful to main­tain our space,” said the actress. She admit­ted that she often spends time on her own, hid­ing out in a room of their house, but it’s that time apart that has strength­ened their marriage.

Zeta-Jones also touched on their age dif­fer­ence, reveal­ing that it hasn’t had as much of an impact on their rela­tion­ship as peo­ple usu­ally think. “Given the age dif­fer­ence, what’s remark­able is that we are so sim­i­lar in so many ways. We have a laid-back, easy-going relationship.”

What do you think: Do you agree with Zeta-Jones’ advice or do you think time apart is risky for a May-December rela­tion­ship? Do you have any rela­tion­ship advice of your own?


“Cather­ine Zeta Jones – Cather­ine Zeta Jones reveals mar­riage secret,” Contactmusic.com web site; http://goo.gl/uQ5YA, last accessed July 22, 2013.

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  • Lyn­dia

    If it works, ok.