Catherine Zeta-Jones really did take a big step back after she announced last year that she was suffering from a bipolar disorder. She checked into a mental health facility, came out and then continued about her business, filming a few movies and basically living the same glamorous life that she’s always lived with Michael Douglas. In January, she’s got that horrible-looking Playing for Keeps coming out – it’s a rom-com starring Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler, and Zeta is like the fourth lead down. I’m not sure why that warrants an InStyle cover, but sure. Here she is on the December cover – it’s not a very good image, is it? Thankfully, the interview is a lot better:
Going public with her bipolar disorder: “It’s been an intense time, in good ways and bad. You find out who you really are and who you’re married to. You find things inside yourself you never imagined were there. I’ve gained an appreciation for little things, like tea outside on a terrace and a beautiful afternoon like this. ”
Dealing with criticism: “You can’t escape what people say, and if you’re human it can be painful. The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I’m the sort of person who will just look for the negative. [My husband] Michael [Douglas] can’t really understand it, but that is the way I am. With my bipolar thing, that’s poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating.”
Raising awareness: “I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow suffers will know it is completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who didn’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.”
Exercise: “I don’t have a trainer. Crazy, right? But I don’t need anyone to motivate me. I love exercise, even things like the elliptical and stretching. It really helps my mood too, which, with the bipolar thing, is important… I’m obsessed with hula-hooping. I do it for 20 minutes a day. I don’t use the old-fashioned hollow plastic kind we had when we were kids, but I discovered a new one at Danskin that’s smaller and weighted.”
Building her dream closet: “I’m building a closet in my house now, and it’s like a dream. Racks on each side, a whole boudoir. I sit in there and watch CNN. Michael says one day I’m going to go in and never come out!”
Her real style: “I love clothes, and yes, we go out, but it’s not like I’m walking around all day in a negligee with fluffy mules. We’re country people, really. I garden and knit. I golf. We ride horses. It’s true, I don’t like the whole cutoff-shorts-and-T-shirt look, but I think you can look fantastic in casual clothes.”
God, Zeta reminds me of me. I can obsess on the negative too. I don’t need a trainer either – I can motivate myself just fine, thank you. I would love to sit in my closet and watch CNN. I too am probably more “country” than people know. Me and Zeta, sisters under the skin. I would say it was because of the Virgo sign, but Zeta missed being a Virgo by a couple of days – she’s a Libra! Still, we’re totes sisters.
As for her whole “It’s not like I’m walking around all day in a negligee with fluffy mules. We’re country people, really” thing – who is she kidding? I mean, I don’t think she just wanders around in evening gowns all the time, but I do believe she’s incapable of NOT being glamorous and put-together.
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