They married in a multimillion-dollar extravaganza at New York’s Plaza Hotel in 2000 and weathered more ups and downs than most. Now Michael Douglas, 68, and Zeta-Jones, 43, have decided to call time. “They’re taking a break,” a source tells People magazine. Their rep confirmed to Us Weekly, “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.”

Neither has filed for divorce or made moves to make this a legal separation. In recent years the couple have faced his diagnosis with and treatment for throat cancer, her revelation that she has bipolar II disorder, and his son Cameron’s trials with drug addiction – he has had his jail sentence prolonged thanks to further efforts to acquire drugs while incarcerated.

There is much at stake – apart from their two children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10, the A-list couple have homes in New York, Bermuda, Majorca, Colorado, Swansea and Turks and Caicos. His first divorce, from Diandra in 2000, reportedly cost him $30 million, and he recently spoke about regretting not having ended that marriage sooner: “It took me too long to realize that if you go to a marriage counsellor to resolve problems, it’s in his interest to keep the marriage going.”

Zeta-Jones has been notably absent during Douglas’s recent round of promotional duties for his Emmy-nominated role as Liberace in the biopic Behind the Candelabra, while she entered a second round of treatment for her disorder. “There’s no question it’s been a stressful year,” a friend said. “Catherine has had to deal with Michael’s illness and that’s been hard.”

Whether this separation leads to divorce or not, “They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens,” a source told People.

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  • Hope they can work things out.
    No break up (even when temporary) is pleasant.


  • well they had a good run and lasted a lot longer than people thought that they would


  • just wondering has there been any update on this as they claimed they were working it out, and he claimed that there was no problem!! would be nice to get an update!!

    • I know! I’ve heard similar things as well.


  • Wanting the best for their kids is wonderful!


  • Whats the latest? has she moved on & remarried yet?


  • I have a soft spot for Michael Douglas.


  • very sad. I thought they were a great loving couple.


  • Are they back together again though?


  • A separation is always sad. Best wishes to them both.


  • Very sad.


  • Aren’t they back together again now?


  • Doesn’t matter how famous or rich you are, they still have problems like the rest of us.


  • Hard enough going through relationship problems in private, without having to do it with the eyes of the world watching you. I wish them well, and hope that they always put the needs of their children first.


  • That’s sad to know. All the best to them.


  • I hope they make it, they’ve lasted a lot longer than I thought they would


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