I’m sad to say that I called this exactly just two days ago. For the past few months, the tabloids have been endlessly saying that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were about to split, but over the past week, those rumors reached a fever pitch and legit news outlets were even reporting it. And I said on Monday that we would know something by Wednesday, because Michael and Catherine are old-school, and they would work out how they wanted to frame it and then they would issue a statement to People Magazine. And that’s exactly what has happened. Zeta and Michael are done. Their split covers this week’s issue of People.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones haven’t been photographed together since April 22. They’ve walked red carpets solo, vacationed separately with their kids, and in recent days, Douglas has been relaxing on a yacht off the coast of Sardinia – with Zeta-Jones at home in New York.
So what’s really going on with one of Hollywood’s most celebrated couples? In this week’s new cover story, two close confidantes tell PEOPLE that they’ve decided to take time apart: “They’re taking a break,” one source says.
Neither star has filed for divorce or moved toward a legal separation, sources say.
The A-list pair, who wed in 2000 in a lavish celebration at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, have faced more than their fair share of ups and downs over the last three years – between Douglas’s 2010 cancer battle and Zeta-Jones’s struggles with bipolar II disorder. “The stress has taken a toll on their marriage,” a friend tells PEOPLE.
Douglas, 68, and Zeta-Jones, 43, who have two children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10, together, decided to spend time apart soon after he came back from the Cannes Film Festival in May. Zeta-Jones had recently returned from a scheduled second round of treatment to monitor her bipolar disorder.
Those close to the couple hold out hope they can work out their differences. Says one family friend: “They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens.”
Well, I thought it would be a statement from one of their reps, but I think we can safely say that this is official enough. Catherine and Michael wouldn’t have let People run this cover without a wink and a nod from their reps. So, they’re laying the groundwork for another cover, maybe two or three weeks from now, when Michael files for divorce or something like that. My gut says that it’s not really about infidelity (although Michael has that reputation, so God knows). My gut says that she has mental health issues and he had a major health trauma and after dealing with all of that, they just didn’t come out of it stronger. If you saw them on the red carpet at the Oscars in February, you know what I’m talking about. He seemed annoyed with her and she seemed… fragile. It’s sad.
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