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Zeta Jones and Douglas split over health woes

Nick Allen Los Angeles

Published 29/08/2013 | 04:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas in 2006
Catherine Zeta-Jones with husband Michael Douglas and children Carys and Dylan at Buckingham Palace when she was honoured by Queen Elizabeth

MICHAEL DOUGLAS and Catherine Zeta-Jones have temporarily separated because the stress of their health struggles had "taken a toll on the marriage", a friend of the Hollywood actors said last night.

The star of 'Wall Street' and the Welsh-born actress have suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. Douglas (68) was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, and Zeta-Jones (43) has revealed that she suffers from bipolar II disorder.

The couple had not been photographed publicly together since a gala event in Manhattan in April, which had led to rumours of a split.

Last week Douglas was seen playing golf in Sardinia while his wife stayed at home in New York.

On Tuesday night, Douglas, looking relaxed and dressed in white, dined with friends at a restaurant in Nice. Later this week he is due to attend the Deauville American Film Festival in France.

It is the same festival where he was introduced to Zeta-Jones by his friend, the actor Danny DeVito, in 1998.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were always considered one of Hollywood's most solid couples.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were always considered one of Hollywood's most solid couples.
They couple began dating in 1999
The red carpet regulars at the 2002 Golden Globes.
Their elaborate 2000 wedding at The Plaza hotel in New York City is estimated to have cost more than €1m.
The pair pose together in their official wedding portrait, which was featured in the pages of Hello! magazine.
Catherine's Versace dress from the 2001 Oscars is now considered iconic in fashion
The loved-up twosome were no stranger to public displays of affection during the early days of their relationship
The couple are pictured at a 1999 premiere together.
The pair pose on the red carpet in 2001
Their relationship made headlines throughout the world due to the 25 year age gap between them
Catherine was heavily pregnant during the 2003 awards season when she was nominated for a string of awards for her starring role in Chicago
A heavily pregnant Catherine with her Best Actress Oscar in 2003
A beaming Michael and Catherine
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas9th Annual Michael Douglas Friends Celebrity Golf EventTrump National Golf Clubin April 2007
The family pose during a family trip to Disneyland after Michael was given the all clear from cancer.
Academy award-winning actors Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along with their children Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7, flew over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Disneyland in 2010
Douglas and Zeta-Jones walk hand in hand with their two children daughter Carys and son Dylan in New York City in 2010.
Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas at Children of Chernobyl's Children of Heart Gala in NYC in 2011
The family step out for lunch last year in LA
Catherine Zeta Jones and her children Dylan and Carys arrive at JFK airport in July of last year
At this year's Golden Globes, they were glued to each other's side
Catherine Zeta-Jones arrives at the 85th Academy Awards 2013
Catherine and Michael pose together at this year's Oscars
This is the last public photo of the couple taken on April 23rd of this year.

A spokesman for Zeta-Jones said: "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."

They made the decision at around the time that Douglas said his throat cancer had been caused by oral sex. Those close to the couple said neither had filed for divorce, nor moved towards a legal separation, and friends still held out hope that they could work out their differences.

One said: "They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens."

Douglas and Zeta-Jones married in 2000 and have two children, Dylan (13) and Carys (10).

The couple are thought to have signed a prenuptial agreement that would entitle Zeta-Jones to millions of dollars in a divorce. When Douglas divorced from his ex-wife Diandra after two decades in 2000, he handed over $45m (€34m).

Douglas and Zeta-Jones decided to take time apart soon after he returned home in May from the Cannes Film Festival, where he was promoting 'Behind the Candelabra' in which he stars as Liberace, according to 'People' magazine. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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