Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones may be taking a little bit of time apart to “work on their marriage,” but according to Douglas, that doesn’t necessarily mean that their marriage is over. Zeta-Jones’ rep confirmed last week that the celebrity couple has separated, but when asked about the status of their May-December relationship, the 68-year-old actor said, “We are fine. My wife and I are fine,” adding that they are just in the midst of a “temporary separation.” Douglas believes that things can work out—when a reporter asked him if he thought his marriage could be salvaged, he responded with a confident “of course.”

Although Douglas is staying positive about the state of their marriage, things might be a little more serious than he’s letting on because Zeta-Jones’ friends are reportedly concerned that the celebrity couple’s split will adversely affect her mental health—Zeta-Jones has bipolar II disorder and has admitted in the past that her condition was triggered by stress. “The next few weeks will be very tough, and I’m very worried about her,” said Anna Walker, one of Zeta-Jones’ close friends. Walker believes that, because Zeta-Jones has such traditional views about marriage, it will hit the actress even harder. “Catherine is very old-fashioned and never wanted to ever go through a divorce.”

What do you think: Can a “temporary separation” really fix a marriage?



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Vultaggio, M., “Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar: Friends Worried About Her Mental Health After Supposed Michael Douglas ‘Break,’” International Business Times web site, September 1, 2013; http://goo.gl/Z1Cgda.

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