Are Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas set to announce their divorce?

There are rumors within rumors about Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones these days. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the many blind items attributed to them and I’m sure you’ve seen a fraction of the tabloid stories about their marriage problems and maybe even their possible divorce. I don’t really know what to say… I mean, I’ll buy that their marriage is on the rocks. I’ll buy that they’ve both been through the ringer through the past few years with Michael’s cancer and Catherine’s mental illness. What could have brought them closer together seems to have only made things worse. Still, this current round of split rumors is not the first time we’ve heard this stuff, and in previous rounds, Michael and Catherine always denied the stories. Here’s the latest:

RUMOURS are circulating that enduring Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones 13-year marriage is over.

The couple, who have not been photographed together for four months, are said to be living apart.

According to a source, “Michael is going to announce the split soon. Catherine is fighting to save the marriage but he’s had it.”

But another report said she was set to start a multi-million divorce battle.

Last week Douglas was pictured arriving in Sardinia by private jet but his wife was nowhere to be seen.

Reports of a marriage crisis between the high octane pair were denied earlier this year but Douglas’ spokesman was more cryptic in his response when questioned, stating: “I won’t talk about that.”

Zeta-Jones supported Douglas as he battled throat cancer in 2011, while he supported her through two stints in rehab as she sought treatment for bipolar disorder.

[From The Herald Sun]

As I said, it wouldn’t surprise me. I’m not going to say it’s for sure until People Magazine announces it, though. Michael and Catherine are old-school – they’ll go to People after they’ve worked out how they want to frame the split and then we won’t hear much about it because they’ll probably keep the information on lockdown. So… this is just an FYI. Considering their reps aren’t bothering to confirm anything, my prediction is that we’ll get a firm statement on this (either way) by Wednesday.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. gg says:

    Oh, no, after all they’ve been through?

  2. QQ says:

    They’ll prolly dump it after the tabloids go to print and gossip closes. So i say a friday

  3. Meaghan says:

    She was too quiet after his cancer comments. Not surprised

  4. Anna says:

    This would totally break my heart (ok, overreacting a bit, but not that much). I really love their story. Please, Gods of Celeb Gossip, please let them work this out!

  5. Christin says:

    Holiday weekend coming up in the U.S. would make Friday a good announcement day.

    Illness can bring out the best or the worst in a couple / family. I have no idea what’s going on with them, but it’s possible one doesn’t deal well with the other’s issues or ways of handling things.

  6. bns says:

    The only thing that surprises me about this is that he’s the one that wants out. She always looks miserable to me, and I always thought that she wanted out of the marriage.

  7. CL says:

    Since when do people go to “rehab” for a mental illness?

    I’ve known a couple of bipolar people; living with them is HARD, even more so if they’re not using their meds properly. That is a tough road to go down.

    All that being said, I really liked them together. I hate to see them split.

    • UsedToBeLulu says:

      I think the proper term to use would be ‘in-house’ treatment for her bi-polar disorder. I’m not aware of any illicit drug issues with her.

    • Amanda says:

      Yeah, that’s what I was thinking too. Isn’t rehab usually reserved for people with drug or other addictions?

    • j. says:

      I’ve heard rehab used with reference to anxiety or depression before, but it does seem somewhat strange to talk about rehab maintenance for bipolar disorder. Could just’ve been a poor choice of wording, though.

    • JibberJabber says:

      It’s probably not inaccurate to say she’s rehabilitating from some episode of mental illness. Still, they probably didn’t mean “rehab” so much as “residential treatment” for her psychiatric disorder. It’s not as institutional as a hospital, but the environment is controled, with more direct professional attention than outpatient treatment. They exist for treatingmmental illnesses; e.g. eating disorders are often treated at residential facilities. Of course, the most intensive drug rehab is done in residential facilities, too.

    • alex says:

      Yea i don’t know if “rehab” is really the correct term. I agree with the term “in house treatment.” That probably describes it better.
      And yea that happens with bipolar disorder sometimes, I have bipolar disorder and for me i had one particularly low period of months, I was incredibly close to checking into a place to treat it. My therapist and psychiatrist were trying to convince me to go but…I wouldn’t budge. Looking back though…it probably wouldn’t have been as bad as I thought. Now though…I have it very much under control!! :D

  8. Mia 4S says:

    Yeah there has been a little too much smoke here, it’s probably coming. I feel terrible for their kids (I think I read somewhere that their son has some special needs and/or learning disabilities?) as that is a huge amount if stress in their short lives. I hope they are a resilient pair because things certainly didn’t go well for their big brother!

  9. Blech says:

    Feel bad for her, she married him at the end of his best years and the beginning of hers. She looks so tired now.

  10. Green Eyes says:

    Sad how people w/ no financial worries can be married & not be able to handle health scares & complications in the long run. (If its true & for those that have had this happen). We are in no means rich, my health care takes a staggering amount & a good insurance. Until V.A. actually got involved we paid astronomically for hubby’s heart operations & care. But we love each other & even thru financial difficulties that arise its brought us closer & stronger.

    Makes me wonder if Michael Douglas still has that eye for the ladies & it’s more that.

    Is it me? Because Catherine is starting to look like Demi in these photos…

  11. lucy2 says:

    There has been a lot of talk about them lately. If it’s true, then it’s a shame after what they both have gone through.

  12. Maureen says:

    She will always and forever be the 8-months pregnant woman standing topless on a balcony smoking a cigarette. Always and forever. That’s an image I can never get out of my head. That was the image that confirmed for me that she really is the self-aggrandizing, vain, selfish, and arrogant woman I’d always suspected she was.

    • Merritt says:

      Sadly smoking while pregnant is more common than people think. Very sad. I don’t smoke, but I’ve heard it is one of the hardest habits to kick.

    • Dovie says:

      Not only is it hard to break the habit but some of us had doctors who told us not to quit smoking.

      I smoked during my first pregnancy. My doctor told me to NOT quit as it would have been more stress than necessary on the baby.

      My baby was, and is, perfectly healthy.

      • UsedToBeLulu says:

        I too think that it’s best to not smoke while pregnant, but it is far from the end of the world if you do.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I know three women who heard this from their doctors as well.

        Sometimes just being around smoke will bother you if you’re pregnant, & I’ve had friends who stopped while they were preggy because it made them sick.

        I wouldn’t be too judgey about someone with bipolar illness—it’s one of the most difficult conditions to have, & to live with. My heart goes out to anyone with this illness.

      • xxx says:

        Used to be blue (cute name!) sadly many or the majority of people with mental illness are heavy chain smokers. If you were to go to an asylum you would find smokers everywhere. Absolutely no excuse to smoke and be pregnant but again smoking and heavy mental illness are common. Nicotine, alcohol, drugs are all sorts of self medication. Positive is that bipolars are 300% more likely to own their own business. The high amounts of energy that comes with the mania can be also bring a lot of success. 2 out of the 3 I know probably would test as geniuses. Both absorb everything they read and can recall it at any time.

    • me says:

      I won’t always and forever remember her that way.
      My mom smoked thru the pregnancies of four healthy children.
      She wasn’t smoking crack or heroin-she was smoking a cigarette.
      We all know the health risks but sheesh, get off your high horse….

      • Maureen says:

        Problem with other people voicing an opinion that differs from yours? You just had to get SO DEFENSIVE that you stopped by to call me a name and reveal personal details about your family? Seriously, check yourself. Everything isn’t about you.

      • mayamae says:

        I’m always bothered by the arguements – my mom did xyz, and we were fine. You can find examples of adult women who are “fine” who were molested by their fathers, would you use that to back up an argument?

        How about all the crack babies who are “fine” now?

        Sorry to sound rough, but I think that’s a weak argument.

      • Maureen says:

        + 1

        Exactly. And in this day and age society is so anti-smoking, even more so in Europe than ever before and growing across Asia. And I’m supposed to believe all these doctors are saying it’s toooootallllly fiiiiiine while pregnant? Like my kooky neighbor who brags that she hasn’t used soap/cleanser on her face in 20 years because long ago her doctor told her it was nonsense and not necessary. So she stopped washing her face. Have we abandoned common sense and allow others to tell us how to think and act?

    • mayamae says:

      I’ve grown to like her over the years – probably from her work in Chicago – but it was hard getting over my first impression of her. It was in an interview when she was pregnant with her first child. Michael was still married, and she just sat there stroking her baby bump, completely unapologetic. It completely turned me off.

  13. mar says:

    she looks like a nightmare to be with.

    Also, I have always thought she is about 4 years older then she claims to be.

  14. Diane says:

    No surprise here. I seem to recall they had a clause in her pre-nup that if they made it to 10 years, all would be cancelled. Well it’s 10 years.

  15. Ana Costa says:

    She’s very arrogant in interviews, have a mental illness and drunk. It’s better for Michael leave that woman and start a new life with some peace :)

    • Merritt says:

      You’re criticizing her for having a mental illness? Seriously? Stigmatizing attitudes like that are why a lot of people don’t seek treatment.

    • Lucinda says:

      Yes, that’s pretty cold to put mental illness on the same level as arrogance (although most of the people I know with bi-polar happen to be arrogant too). Mental illness is a disease that you do not choose to have. Show a little compassion.

    • eliza says:

      As if he is such a noble and good man. Let’s just shoot her for having an illness beyond her control. Also, unless you live with her, how do you know she is a drunk?

    • Maureen says:

      @Ana Costa has a point. She IS arrogant and vain. And she DOES have a mental illness she’s clearly not dealing with. Arrogance and vanity can hold a person back from getting the help they need and being consistent about therapy and medication. Not every person with mental illness is out of control. Personality and character is part of it. Those with more humility are easier to treat because they listen and respond to therapy. Those who are arrogant snub their noses at help and as a result remain ill, making life a living hell for everyone around them. Can I see CZJ like that? Yes.

      And before someone tells me I’m cruel or don’t know what I’m talking about, know this: my brother the former Marine and Iraq vet is bipolar and suffers from PTSD. And he’s hard to treat. Arrogant. Tough guy. Knows more than God. I know the type well.

  16. Lark says:

    I don’t know if I buy this. Haven’t they been claiming that these two will get divorced for years? I wouldn’t be surprised if they had some sort of arrangement/semi-open marriage, which would explain the amount of time they spend apart.

  17. Cazzee says:

    My first husband was/is bipolar.

    People with bipolar disorder can be incredibly difficult and even painful to live with as their moods swing out of control. It’s tough in both directions: when they’re on an ‘up’, everything is incredibly important and over the top…and when they’re on a down, they’re unbearable because everything is awful and failing and nothing will ever be okay ever again.

    Also anxiety can be overwhelming for bipolar people and they will do ANYTHING to alleviate it – including lie, cheat, and steal.

    Personal note: after our marriage broke up, my ex-husband got help and was successfully medicated – until he decided that he didn’t like being on the meds because he felt like life was too boring without the highs and lows…so he quit taking his medications (!). If that’s anything like the situation with CZJ, then Michael Douglas might well be the one initiating the divorce. Can’t say that I blame him.

    People with bipolar can be a nightmare to live with.

    • Jag says:

      Please say “some” people with bipolar are the way you describe. Those of us with bipolar who work very hard to not let the highs and lows get the best of us deserve more than to be lumped in with those who can’t or don’t. It usually takes 3 years for many bipolar people to find the correct medications, and she hasn’t been diagnosed as bipolar for very long that we know of.

      Yes, some bipolar people can be incredibly difficult to live with – as I was for a time. Some non-bipolar people can be that way, too. My abusive ex-fiance who disabled me by hitting me in the head wasn’t bipolar, but instead was a lying, cheating, raging man with a self-esteem problem.

      As long as she’s working on herself, Douglas should put in the time to help her – just as it seems she did during his cancer treatment. Perhaps they didn’t have HPV prior to their relationship, and perhaps he cheated and that’s how she knows.

      Or perhaps she is the woman in the blind whose employee filmed her having a seizure and almost dying on the floor after a suicide attempt, who also has lost custody of the children due to her illness. That would be really hard to live with if that person had bipolar disorder and wasn’t wanting the help she clearly needs.

    • Lucinda says:

      The other important thing to remember is that medication can be very tricky. Sometimes it simply stops working and the person has to find a new medication. Sometimes, as we age, our bodies change and how we metabolize our medication can change and with bi-polar, this can really screw things up. Yes, it can be difficult living with someone with bipolar disorder. But having it is no picnic either (and no, I don’t have it).

  18. themummy says:

    Dear Everyone, “bipolar” is the term, not “bi-polar.” There is no dash. One word.
    Thanks, a bipolar gal (who takes her meds as prescribed and is not at all a “nightmare to live with”)

  19. nicegirl says:

    I think it is worthy to mention that folks who have bipolar disorder are not just ‘a nightmare to live with’ but also, quite often, are living in their own nightmare.

    I feel so deeply for those with mental illness, and their loved ones. I love the ‘Bring Change to Mind’.org ads that feature Glenn Close and her sister (diagnosed bipolar).

    Cancer and Mental Illness both suck hardcore. I wish CZJ and MD the best.

    • Jag says:

      Thanks for saying the part about living in a nightmare, nicegirl. (And I’m not a nightmare to live with now that I know what’s going on with my brain chemistry and know more about myself with how to handle it.)

      It is really hard when I know what I want my mind to be doing, yet it has decided to make me stay awake for 4 days straight and only read the first sentences of a million blog pages. Begging for sleep doesn’t work. Or when I’m so down that I don’t want to breathe anymore, but know that it’s just my brain chemistry out of whack again yet can’t do a thing about it. It is a helpless feeling. (And yes, I tell my loved ones so that they know.)

      • nicegirl says:

        Jag, You brighten my day, considerably, with your honesty.

        Have you ever read, “Oh The Places You’ll Go”, by Dr. Seuss?

        In your honor, a small excerpt:

        “I’m afraid that some times
        you’ll play lonely games too.
        Games you can’t win
        ’cause you’ll play against you. . . .

        But on you will go
        though the weather be foul
        On you will go
        though your enemies prowl
        On you will go
        though the Hakken-Kraks howl
        Onward up many
        a frightening creek,
        though your arms may get sore
        and your sneakers may leak.

        On and on you will hike
        and I know you’ll hike far
        and face up to your problems
        whatever they are. . . .

        KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”

        My very best wishes to you (all)!

  20. Cazzee says:

    If you’re taking medication for bipolar disorder, then you have made a commitment to managing your illness and hopefully the meds are helping – my nightmare comment was in regards to bipolar people who are not medicated and who may even be refusing to take meds because it takes their ‘edge’ off, as in my ex-husband’s case.

    Bipolar disorder is an incredibly complex, difficult-to-manage illness that can manifest in different ways and in varying intensities…and it takes a huge toll on family members – according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 90% of marriages with a person who is bipolar end in divorce:

    http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/bp_and_Schizophrenia_Digest/Beating_the_Marriage_Odds.htm

    • Holly says:

      The statistics on marriages where mental illness is a factor are really depressing. That said, I’m married to a wonderful man who is Bipolar 1 and we’ve done fine. He only has to take lithium three times a day and we’ve only had to weather a few isolated bad patches which were due to other concerns that weren’t related to his medication.

      I think where people run into trouble is that you do have to give up some of your independence to take care of a mentally ill partner. Some need more supervision, some need reminders about medication and some need specialized routines to take care of themselves that you have to help support. I love my husband and intend to be married to him for the rest of my life, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t given some things up to commit to that decision. Perhaps these two got to a point where they didn’t feel able to give up any more to support each other.

  21. Ag says:

    Weird that they’ve called a mental treatment facility “rehab” – she was there for bipolar, not addiction.

  22. keenobserver says:

    She looks like Demi Moore in that first pic! She’s lost a lot of weight.

  23. keenobserver says:

    Fist pic on bottom, that is.

  24. Sam Edge says:

    Speaking of poor choices around smoking, wasn’t he photographed smoking while undergoing treatment for throat cancer? Addiction seems to be a common thread for them both.

  25. Sarah says:

    I like this couple; I really hope they work it out.

    She’s still very beautiful by the way. She was my girl crush for years

  26. xxx says:

    If it is true and she is bipolar it is very commonly known bipolars have a hard time sticking on meds, it’s a bear. There are 3 bipolar I know (through healthcare) and they all skip meds, one refuses to medicate at all. I see how her mental illness can destroy a long marriage, you just get to the point you can’t take it anymore. Out of the 3 people I know that are bipolar one divorced after many years of marriage, one is divorced 3 times and still does not medicate themself properly and the last mentioned sadly has been in the hospital 4 times with suicide attempts (after going off his meds) and after years of suffering underwent shock treatments and it finally got their brain working again. Now the gentleman is healthy for a year and I do believe he will now stay on his meds because of the severity of the break down.

    So as many know bipolar people have severe mood swings, seems like (and of course I have no idea) that CZJ is more of a manic bipolar and may, may medicate with alcohol if the gossip stories are true. I absolutely understand he is leaving her if she will not medicate. I’m sure he loves her but he is older now and the stress may be too much to take at his age.

    Just a sad story. It’s no ones fault if her illness is causing her marital problems, no one asks for mental illness. Unfortunate.

  27. junegorilla says:

    : ( So Sad. She was very brave to go public with her bipolar disorder. Which you can see by so many of the ignorant comments form amateur psychologists in this thread. I have a very mild form (cyclothemia) and it took quite a while to get my meds right. But I certainly wasn’t running around town screaming, crying, and throwing axes at people before I had my dosages straightened out. Sheesh.

    • xxx says:

      I hope you didn’t mean me as I was married to a doctor for 13 years, I was a psych major in college, all three bipolars are in my life almost daily. One is my father. A psychologist i am very close too and my mentor is another that will not medicate properly. Unfortunately you can really tell when she is off her meds and she hasn’t spoken to her children in years, she is a very close friend of mine. I am positive she loses clients as I sent someone to her on a bad day and the acquaintance said she wouldn’t return because she sometimes talks more than she listens. I overlook many, many things because I learn so much from her and she is older (65). She remembers every single thing she reads, so smart. And she will be the first one to tell you she has bipolar illness and struggles with it. The third is my ex spouse’s patient and refused meds due to belifs in conspiracy theories (also – fairly common in of bipolar) and thinks the government is poisoning him through medication. The psychologist believes every conspiracy theory there is. So I’d like to think I know a lot about bipolar illness. And if you don’t believe the statistic that bipolars are 300% more likely to own businesses just use the search engine on internet information pages. You may also want to look up bipolar + conspiracy theories. Best of luck and a wonderful future.

  28. London lady says:

    I thought this was announced in June? Apparently she gets 300m as per the prenup

  29. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    In the second photo CZJ looks like Janice Dickinson, in the third she looks like a Rita Wilson/Melissa Gilbert mix.

  30. LaurieH says:

    I’m obviously in the minority here, but I never saw this is a “true love” Hollywood marriage. I saw it as a beautiful, quasi-popular Welsh actress latching on to an American movie star kinda thing…except her career didn’t quite pan out. i’m sure she’s been in something recently, but the only thing of note I can recall is Chicago – and that was a long time ago. I am probably just being cynical – I accept that – but I just never got the genuinenous vibe from them (particularly her).

    • Carol says:

      Join me! I will never forget their announcing their engagement before he had divorced his first wife because CZJ was already pregnant. I assumed then that she got her power husband and he got his trophy wife. Not exactly the classic love story for the ages!

  31. Kudzuqueen says:

    She looks really thin in the last two pix. I have three friends who are bipolar, and their meds cause them to really gain weight. One stays on it and mananges it thru those struggles. She is one of the most creative, insightful people I know.

    My second friend does not get full blown manic, but hypomanic, the cycles to a dark depression. When she withdraws from church and everyone around her is when I know I need to go looking for her. She is one of the smartest people I know. She can get deep and analytical, which I love.

    My third friend, who is not right with the meds, i think is noncompliant bc of the weight struggle. She has gone through a long stint of paranoid delusions then self medicates with heavy drinking which causes angry rages. Her husband drinks heavily as well. We all (friends and family) have tried to lovingly help but now just stay away. It is so hard bc we all love her and her family. Actually, her high energy and creative energy is what makes me love her so much. But, with the scheming and meanness we just all stay away bc if you try to get closer to help, well, then tag, you are it. You never know when she is going to explode and what circular nonsense argument will take place. I try SO hard not to hold it against her bc when she cycles back the other way she either didn’t see it that way or totally doesn’t even remember. I decided all I can do is pray for her and be there as a friend when she cycles back.

    It is so hard in these situations to know when to intervene and then when to stay out and let them just deal. They can be impulsive and make temporary bad decisions, and they feel judged for them. It is hard to know the right thing to do. I can see how the disorder can take its toll on a relationship.

    I do wish these two the best and hope it will work out.

  32. PHD Gossip says:

    When she did Mask of Zorro (around 1998) she was the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. No one was even close.

  33. Alexandra says:

    If true it’s a shame – they seem like a neat couple.

  34. KnotTheWun says:

    He may be a great actor, I think so, even if it sure helped being Kirk’s son, and they may or may not be divorcing, but IMO MD is a real vile POS in his personal life. He learned from the master, himself; dear old dad. Sadistic, misigynist, cruel ba$tard. KD/MD in marriage they are really effed up. To me it’s no wonder she ended up cray cray. Ever wonder why he can play such evil shits as well as he does? Type-casting is the rule more often than not. Great acting is not casting someone whose personality is already what they’re looking for. (See Jack Nicholson, etc). They are just being themselves. Very few, but there are some, actors are truly acting and do it well. Mainly think cult of personality casting. Much easier to do and to find.
    Anyway. This was a sad mtach from the getgo, although I think she knew somewhat of what she was getting into, nobody is prepared to live with his kind of mindeffing cruelty on a daily basis. He has reallllly good PR flaks, just like his dad did back in the day.
    Sorry if typos using my phone. Ack.

  35. Ann says:

    Well, I think I’d go crazy too being married to a much older man at her age. I mean, just the thought of having sex with a man that old makes me want to throw myself off a cliff.

  36. lisa2 says:

    Health issues as well as Mental issues either bring a couple closer together or break them. It usually opens up cracks that are already there.

  37. Jane says:

    Michael Douglas is due at the Deauville Film Festival with Matt Damon on Friday.

  38. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I wonder what folks did about Bipolar before the age of medications. CZJ is very brave for being public about her condition.

  39. Sisi says:

    Iirc these two have had problems for years. I think the illnesses briefly put their marriage issues on a lower priority and now that everythings okay again healthwise they just resumed everything like it was before. I don’t think the separation has anything to do with stress from bipolar disorder or camcer. Just like a regular Hollywood couple sadly.

  40. mom of five says:

    This is sad for them and the kids. I hope they put the kids first and rethink it. If I told you all my hubby and I have been through in seven years. We still keep trying. right now I am battleing a kidney tumor breast tumor and my five year old may be sick also. after a 100,000 flood in our home, dad passing, losing a job. working seven days a week for two years, going through bankruptcy from the flood. custody battle with his ex and numerous other things. We are still together and taking a ton of vacation time to enjoy each other and the kids. Life is short don’t let outside influeneces pul you apart. Real love you need to still stop and realize it still there. Never let those feelings dwindle or you will lose sight of it.

  41. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    They are both as bad as each other and define the expression “deserve each other.”
    I have heard many many instances of her being crazy angry and throwing screaming fits in public, firing people left and right and drinking herself into oblivion. Apparently she is one mean, imperious handful. I do believe our Michael Douglas got much, much more than he bargained for. I do pity him and the gorgeous children most of all but thats what happens when you marry primarily based on looks.

  42. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    PS: there are a lot of people cooing on here about how she “saw him through the cancer.” O”RLY?? I remember quite clearly she LEFT him to go play golf in Wales.
    I remember distinctly and I was shocked and I thought “this does NOT bode well.”
    To my mind that is the very TOP of ice cold selfishness. If she had a commitment she could have canceled. They would have understood, after all.

  43. Lauren says:

    You called it perfectly! It’s Wednesday AND they went through People!! (Bows down)

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20729116,00.html