In late August, representatives for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas announced that the couple would be separating. For many couples, separation is the first stop on the road to divorce, but Douglas is hopeful they won't be signing any legal papers anytime soon.
On Monday's episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Douglas was promoting his upcoming film Last Vegas, but found himself talking about his hopes for a reconciliation with Zeta-Jones. Said Douglas, "I've been away for a while, but everything should hopefully be on the up-and-up. Sometimes people take a little bit of a break, but it doesn't necessarily mean that's the end. So I'm very hopeful."
This isn't the first time Douglas has made references to Zeta-Jones that would lead many to think getting back together is an option for the couple. While in Europe in September to promote the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, Douglas was questioned by reporters about his "crisis at home." The iconic actor responded, "I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis. We are fine. My wife and I are fine."
Hope was on the horizon again in late September when Douglas referred to Zeta-Jones as his "wife" in his Emmy acceptance speech. Upon winning the award for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for portraying Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, Douglas started his speech off with some humor, and then got a bit serious and said, "...I want to thank my wife Catherine for her support..."
Even after the awards show, Douglas continued to tell everyone his life with Zeta-Jones was on the "up and up." He told Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell, “Everybody is fine. Nothing really more to say. We were just taking a little break. We’re talking. I think everything will be fine and I’m very hopeful.”
If the two truly love each other, here's hoping they can work everything out.
You can watch more of Douglas' interview with Jay Leno in the video below.