Michael Douglas and his ex-wife, Diandra, had a highly publicized divorce in 2000, and although Douglas says he’s still fond of Diandra, she’s not keen on the choices he’s made while with Catherine Zeta Jones.
Diandra said in a recent interview that she’s never been one to flaunt her personal life for monetary gain, which has been taken by the media as a comment on Douglas and Zeta Jones selling photos of themselves and their family to magazines.
“I don’t believe in showing off. I’ve never sold photos or kept money from anything and I’ve always given everything away to charity. I’m proud to be able to say that I’ve never turned my private life into show business. Too much public exposure affects children,” she said.
Diandra also said that rumors of a legal battle against Douglas weren’t entirely true; though she did attempt to take her portion of his royalties for the film Wall Street 2, she dropped the claim when she learned he was suffering from cancer.
Douglas spoke about his health ordeals recently at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies 5th World Congress, saying chemo and radiation left him feeling awful.
“I went through seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, which somehow seemed very accurately mapped to the seven circles of hel. Each week I sank a little lower and I felt a little — no, I felt a lot worse…The doctors and nurses at Sloan Kettering had warned me not to expect to feel great the moment those seven weeks were over — that there would be another five weeks of feeling pretty awful until I could even hope to improve. All of that was enormously important. Like a soldier, I prepared for battle. … It was my job to toughen up and get ready for the treatment and later on for my recovery, and that’s what I was able to do,” he said.
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