When Michael Douglas, 70, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 45, separated back in August 2013, many people assumed that it had something to do with problems of age difference in marriage—maybe she had gotten tired of looking after him and decided to spend more time on herself (she has bipolar II disorder).

However, the famous age gap couple reconciled three months later. According to Michael Douglas, he and Catherine Zeta-Jones are now stronger than ever, proving to skeptics everywhere that problems of age difference in marriage are no different from problems in any marriage, and that with a little bit of work, there’s no reason why you can’t overcome the obstacles together.

“We had a little bump in the road,” the actor said in a recent interview, referring to the strain that his tongue cancer diagnosis had on the celebrity couple’s May-December marriage. “The problem in this business is that everything is so public.”


Douglas goes on to share some valuable advice for other May-December marriages. “We worked things out—if both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it,” said Douglas, adding, “You can’t do it if it’s just one person.” The age gap couple will be celebrating 15 years together this December. “I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have,” said Douglas.


Kimble, L., “Michael Douglas Says He’s More in Love with Catherine Zeta-Jones Than Ever After ‘Little Bump in the Road,’” People web site, June 28, 2015; http://goo.gl/08llEi.

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