Michael Douglas Opens Up About Son’s Drug Issues And Being A DadBy: Val Powell - July 1, 2014
Last week, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and their kids Dylan, 13 and Cary, 11 went on a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate their son’s bar mitzvah.
The trip to Jerusalem was a more serene celebration than Dylan’s bar mitzvah party in New York just last month where Douglas injured himself. “I got carried away at my son’s bar mitzvah this weekend. You know they put you up in the chairs over the top – I think something happened there,” he said.
Now, the couple is enjoying some quality time together in Rome. After splitting last year, the couple is now working on their relationship, and it seems that everything is now back on track.
In an interview, Douglas said that marriage is a union that requires constant nurturing. “You cannot take marriage for granted at all,” he said. The 69-year-old actor also shared his views on spending time with his spouse saying, “Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that’s nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it’s ignored, it withers,” he said.
Concerning his children, Douglas said that he approaches parenting differently now. He said that being an older dad has benefits. “In the early stages of one’s life, ambition rules. Having children takes a lot of time to do properly, and I think sometimes people spread themselves too thin.”
Aside from his two children with Zeta-Jones, Douglas also talked about his older son with ex-wife Diandra Luker. His 35-year-old son Cameron Douglas is now in prison for possession and dealing of drugs. Douglas warned other parents that drug-related problems should be dealt with early on.
He said that if parents suspect that their kids need help, it is best to “take action immediately.” Regarding drug issues, Douglas said that parents should do whatever they can before their kids turn 18. “Whatever it takes. Don’t hesitate,” he said.
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