Here are photos from 2010 of Michael Douglas and his ex-wife, Diandra, as they attended the sentencing of their convicted, drug-dealing son, Cameron. There is no love lost between these two former spouses, and Diandra had her own comeback prepared to yesterday’s story about how Michael claimed that the cause of his throat cancer was HPV, not his heavy smoking or drinking. As a side note, Michael’s rep called People with a retraction of sorts (mostly semantic): “Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer,” his rep says in a statement. “It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctors in the article point out but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer.” That’s interesting because unless The Guardian entirely misquoted him, that’s exactly what Michael said. Oh well. If nothing else, his meaning was clear.
Anyway, Diandra began chomping at the bit after Michael’s interview revelation, so she contacted TMZ to try and make herself look like the classy one. Diandra claims that she does not have HPV, so there’s no way that Michael could have gotten it from her. The obvious implication here is that Michael’s current wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, must be to blame. Of course:
Michael Douglas’ ex-wife wants to make something perfectly clear — eating out was safe when he was married to her.
Douglas told a British paper over the weekend … his 2010 throat cancer was “caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
Diandra Douglas — whose epic divorce from Michael in 2000 was one of the richest marital settlements in history — tells TMZ she does NOT have HPV … period.
Guess the ball is in your court now, CZJ.
Kaiser reminded me that Diandra and Catherine have always been catty towards each other, and CZJ poked some fun at Diandra’s tendency to completely (and compulsively) overhaul the homes she shared with Michael on a regular basis. That’s a little bit bitchy, but it’s not nearly as bad as what Diandra has done here — even though she didn’t specifically mention Catherine, it was obviously her goal to blame CZJ for Michael’s HPV (strain 16), which is very strongly correlated with oral and throat cancers.
Some of you also mentioned Catherine in yesterday’s comments and how CZJ should be angry because Michael supposedly made it look like he got the HPV from her, and so in a roundabout way, she could have caused the oral cancer. I don’t think that’s what he was saying at all. Michael and Catherine were married in 2000 after a very short courtship, and HPV that develops into cancer doesn’t do so for more than 10-15 years. While it’s possible that the timeline applies to CZJ, I honestly think it’s more likely that Michael had the virus prior to hooking up with CZJ and probably gave it to her. Hell, maybe both of them had it. After all, 90% of sexually active people are exposed to at least one variant of the virus during their lives. Goodness knows that Michael also had quite a rep for sleeping around on Diandra too, so he could have gotten it anywhere prior to marrying Catherine.
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