The Shmooze

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on a Break

By Anne Cohen

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

More than a decade after they walked down the aisle, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have announced that they are taking a break.

“Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage,” the couple’s rep told Us Weekly.

The family has had their share of stressful times: Three years ago, Douglas was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. In April 2011, Zeta-Jones announced she was seeking treatment for bipolar II disorder.

“It puts everything into perspective on a personal and professional level. I’m not so consumed about what people think or say like I used to be,” Zeta Jones told Stylist magazine last year. “These things are sent to try us, and we do sit back and go, ‘Wow, we got through that,’ and, ‘Oof, we dodged that huge bullet.’ I guess it does make you stronger because you have some ammunition to be prepared for something else that’s going to side swipe you, because it really did side swipe us.”

The couple, who have been together since 1999, were married at the Plaza Hotel on November 18, 2000. They have two children together, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.


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