This iconic Hollywood couple demonstrates that perseverance can make any relationship work.
Michael Douglas was unsure about the impression he'd left on Catherine Zeta-Jones when they met for the first time at the Deauville Film Festival in 1996. He was wondering if the pick-up line he had used with her was too cheesy. He said to her: "You know, I'm going to be the father of your children," according to a report by E! Online. Little did he know that it was his fate. Eventually, they said "I do" in 2000 and welcomed their children, now 13-year-old son Dylan and 10-year-old daughter Carys, like Douglas told her.
It's never always just a bed of roses without the thorns. Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010. "The hardest part is seeing his fatigue because Michael is never tired...If there's anything Michael has, it's strength," Zeta-Jones had said at that time, reports E! Online. Life is never easy, but it was exceptionally hard for this power couple, as they kept facing challenges one after the other but the one thing that never bore the blow, was their relationship.
The same year, Douglas' firstborn son, Cameron was arrested for possession of heroin. He served 5 years in prison and another two in solitary confinement. He went on record and thanked his stepmother for being supportive and showering him with love that kept him strong and going. "She never gives up on anything, and she didn't quit on me," Cameron, who was released in 2016, told Daily Mail. "The love of my family got me through my darkest days."
It was 2011, a year after Douglas's cancer diagnosis, he was declared disease-free. However, it wasn't really a time for celebrations because Zeta-Jones checked herself into a mental health facility. "I'm not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops. But with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it's completely controllable," she told InStyle a year later. "I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it."
In April 2013, Zeta-Jones was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder and sought professional help. "She's doing a really good job of getting balanced," her husband told People. "I'm proud of her." The couple fought through all this for years, but in 2013, they decided to part ways. It was hard for everyone who adored the couple but even harder for the two of them. But Douglas didn't take his wedding ring off, even though they'd decided to take a break.
He was spotted wearing in wedding ring in 2013, at the Deauville American Film Festival, two days after he and Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed that they had separated after 13 years of marriage. While Douglas' reps did reveal that the couple is "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," he was sure that nothing could keep them apart. And, he was right, as the two of them got back together.
"I'm crazy about her...I think every couple has their difficult times. The only problem is, as you well know, we're all in the public eye and it tends to get a little more exposed than most," he assured Ellen DeGeneres in 2015. "But we're back, stronger than ever." They give us faith in love and life. "It's a long road, and I think people today are so quick to throw in the towel on marriage. You have to give it your best shot and not give up when the first problem arises because that won't be the last problem," the happily married Chicago star told Good Housekeeping in 2016. "There will be many more down the road."