Michael Douglas insists he is only “on a break” from Catherine Zeta-Jones and their marriage could last “forever”.
The Hollywood couple confirmed they are taking some time apart to “evaluate” their union last week, following speculation they were divorcing.
Michael has now insisted their situation has been completely blown out of proportion.
“Look at my hand! I’m wearing my wedding ring. My wife and I are on a break. Many couples do that. But I hope that our marriage will last very, very long – forever, maybe,” he told German newspaper Bild.
Catherine and Michael married in 2000 and have Dylan, 13, and ten-year-old Carys together. Over the last few years the actor has battled throat cancer and Catherine has sought help for her bipolar disorder on several occasions. It’s been claimed their health issues have put tremendous strain on their relationship, with other suggestions they have separate interests which make it hard to be together. While Michael likes city life, Catherine is happiest in the countryside.
Michael is currently in Berlin to promote his Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra and has repeatedly slammed the interest in his marital issues.
“I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis. We, we are fine. My wife and I are, are fine. We take a temporary separation, but the press, it gives you stuff to write about,” he fumed, according to Access Hollywood.
Earlier this year the 68-year-old actor hinted his throat cancer was linked to oral sex, a claim which is said to have infuriated his 43-year-old wife.
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