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Michael Douglas apologises to wife Catherine Zeta Jones for saying oral sex gave him throat cancer

Published 30/06/2015 | 10:46

Actors Michael Douglas (L) and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Actors Michael Douglas (L) and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the Phoenix House Public Service Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
Michael Douglas attends the world premiere of "Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, June 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Actor Michael Douglas (2nd R), his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, son Dylan and daughter Carys, pose for a photograph upon their arrival for the Genesis Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem

Actor Michael Douglas has apologised for his controversial comments suggesting oral sex gave him throat cancer.

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The Ant-Man star (71), who reconciled with his wife,  Catherine Zeta Jones after a brief split in 2013, apologised to the actress for any embarrassment his comments may have caused her.

"It was one of those things…and I so regretted any embarrassment that it caused Catherine and her family," he told Event Magazine.

"What I was trying to say was that there is a sexually transmitted virus called HPC,. But there is a vaccination that they recommend to all kids before they become sexually active so they don’t catch HPC, which is a cause of certain types of cancer – cervical cancer, tongue and throat."

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the Phoenix House Public Service Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend the Phoenix House Public Service Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)

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In 2013, Douglas, who was diagnosed with cancer of the throat in 2010, told The Guardian: "No. No. Ah, without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus."

He was asked whether he regretted a lifestyle filled with drinking and smoking in his youth, he responded: "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus."

Read more: Catherine Zeta-Jones reportedly worries there are still issues in Douglas marriage

Michael Douglas attends the world premiere of
Michael Douglas attends the world premiere of "Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, June 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

The couple, who have two children Carys Zeta Douglas (12) and Dylan Michael Douglas (14), said they are more in love than ever these days.

"I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have. And hopefully the feeling’s mutual," he added to the magazine.

"We worked things out — if both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it. You can’t do it if it's just one person."

"We’re about to have our 15th wedding anniversary and it feels great."

Actor Michael Douglas (2nd R), his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, son Dylan and daughter Carys, pose for a photograph upon their arrival for the Genesis Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem
Actor Michael Douglas (2nd R), his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, son Dylan and daughter Carys, pose for a photograph upon their arrival for the Genesis Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem

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