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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Over?

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Over?
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The May-December romance of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones is going on hiatus.

The couple, who have been married for 13 years, have decided to separate. A rep for Zeta-Jones said in a statement, “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage. There will be no further comment.”

Douglas’ rep also released a statement, saying, “Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage. There is no further comment.”

On the plus side, they’re both saying the same thing, or, at least their representatives are.

People magazine first reported the split, making note that the couple hasn’t been photographed together since late April. It seems a friend close to the couple told People they made the decision to take some time apart in May after Douglas got back from the Cannes Film Festival.

Neither the 43-year-old actress or Douglas have filed for divorce or separation.

A family friend added, “They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens.”

Currently, Zeta-Jones is in New York with the couples two children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10, and Douglas is in Sardinia.

The past three years have been filled with stressful and heavily emotional trials, including Douglas’ battle with throat cancer and the 43-year-old Zeta-Jones’ admission of bipolar II disorder, and her subsequent treatments for the disorder. People magazine also claims some of the run-ins with the law that Douglas’ oldest son, Cameron, found himself in also caused rifts between the couple.

It seems Douglas’ candidness about what caused his throat cancer played a key part in their choice to separate. Peter Castro, deputy editor for People, said, “He gave very candid interviews about his sexual past that she really bristled at. She was not happy about his comments and that sort of got the ball rolling in terms of the split.”

However, Zeta-Jones’ openness about her bipolar II disorder is what helped Douglas open up about his throat cancer. The 68-year-old actor told ABC News in May, “She was smart to go public, you know. [It] sort of reminded me of when I had to come out about the cancer. You know, [it] just clears up a lot of rumors.”

The glamorous couple met after being introduced by Danny DeVito in August 1998 at the Deauville Film Festival in France. They began dating in March 1999, were engaged in December 1999, and were married on November 18, 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Their wedding took place just weeks after Douglas’ divorce to Diandra Luker, his first wife, was finalized.

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  • Gates

    This will be the best thing to happen to her in the long run. She will find love and marriage again; but at his age, those feelings don’t come along very often, so I think casual dating will be the extent of his future — which is probably fine with him.

  • goodluck

    who cares.. hes a freaking old man…. she gave him cancer.. shes a useless piece of walking titlessness.. bipolar whacko… lets face it the… old bat is a has been…. now I hope she gets cancer.. and dies with him not far behind…

    • http://yahoo debra

      Goodluck you are crazy

  • jack

    DEAR GOODLUCK,
    WHERE IS ALL YOUR HATE COMING FROM?
    IT IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU.
    I AM PRAYING FOR YOU.
    IT IS SO SAD TO READ YOUR HATE FULLED MESSAGES. I KNOW YOU ARE VERY UNHAPPY.
    I PRAY YOU FIND HAINESS AND LIGHT IN YOUR FUTURE.
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU AD KEE YOU MY FRIEND.

    • jack

      HAPPINESS, NOT HAINES,..LOL SORRY MY KEYBOARD STUCK.
      GO IN PEACE,
      REMEMBER LIFE IS A GIFT. ENJOY EVERY SECOND.

    • http://online j

      You need to learn to spell Jack!