CATHER­INE ZETA-JONES

THE AC­TRESS OPENS UP ABOUT SUR­VIV­ING TOUGH TIMES WITH HUS­BAND MICHAEL DOU­GLAS AND THEIR CHIL­DREN

Closer Weekly - - Contents - — Bruce Fretts

The ac­tress opens up about sur­viv­ing tough times with Michael Dou­glas and their fam­ily.

When Cather­ine Ze­taJones wed Michael Dou­glas in 2000, skep­tics snarked about their 25-year age dif­fer­ence and pre­dicted a short-lived union. “And they said it wouldn’t last,” cracks Cather­ine, 49, who re­cently cel­e­brated her 18th an­niver­sary with Michael.

Not that it’s al­ways been smooth sail­ing. “God knows we’ve had our ups and downs,” says Cather­ine, who has en­dured health is­sues (Michael’s bat­tle with throat can­cer, her rev­e­la­tion that she suf­fers from bipo­lar II dis­or­der), among other chal­lenges. “But I don’t throw the towel in very quickly on any­thing. I know it’s an old-fash­ioned way of think­ing, but you’ve got to give it your best shot.”

Michael, 74, and Cather­ine briefly sep­a­rated in 2013, but they rec­on­ciled and reded­i­cated them­selves to each other. Says Cather­ine, “We came back with a much more ap­pre­cia­tive view of who we both are and what we bring in­de­pen­dently to this re­la­tion­ship.”

Even after a former em­ployee made sex­u­al­ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against Michael ear­lier this year, Cather­ine stood by him. “It was a re­ally hard po­si­tion for me, and at the height of it all, it was nasty,” she says. But Michael de­fused the sit­u­a­tion “by telling us all that there is no story here and that time will tell.”

PROUD PAR­ENTS

De­spite their fame, Cather­ine and Michael re­main fo­cused on rais­ing their chil­dren with the right val­ues. “He has this in­cred­i­ble brain,” Cather­ine gushes of son Dy­lan, 18, a fresh­man at Brown Univer­sity. Daugh­ter Carys, 15, also hopes to at­tend an Ivy League col­lege.

Cather­ine quit school to pur­sue act­ing at 15. “I for­feited a huge chunk of my ado­les­cence for a pas­sion,” she says. “I do live vi­car­i­ously through my son, right now. I go to school and smell it and breathe it. I’ve al­ways yearned for that world of learn­ing.”

Given the Dou­glas genes — Michael’s dad Kirk just turned 102! — Michael and Cather­ine may have a lot more time to spend to­gether. Jokes Cather­ine, “I wasn’t plan­ning on the 102 thing. We may have to re­group in a few years and see where we are!”

Cather­ine, Dy­lan, Carys and Michael vis­itedIn­dia’s Taj Ma­hal in De­cem­ber 2017.

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