Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have one of the longest relationships. Though they had to face a lot of tough times, Catherine says they have a great relationship.
A supportive partner who can hold you and take care of you when you are at your worst is essential for any marriage or relationship. While problems may cause emotional instability between them, their determination to work through these issues will take their relationship a long way. Not everyone is successful in doing so. However, Hollywood has some couples who challenged their tough times and have moved past those days to rebuild a stronger relationship. Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas are such a couple. Though their relationship has been tested several times in the past, the couple with almost 25 years of age gap has been there for each other for more than 20 years now.
“First of all, I’m so happy that we’ve made it 20 years together. It’s been great, but I think it’s just unfathomable to me that you would be with one person for 18 years and things are not rosy every day. They’re just not," said the actress. The actress who looks at her parents' life as inspiration said that she had seen the good and bad times but have experienced it all with the one she loves. The couple has moved hand in hand during tough times. "I'm very blessed. I have a husband who listens to me and I'm a wife who listens to him. That's why - although every marriage goes through its ups and downs, its times of adversity - we've come to a place where we couldn't be better. I have a very healthy husband, a very healthy mother and two vivacious, healthy children. I think after that, everything just falls into place,” said the actress to Sun.
In 2010, Michael was diagnosed with cancer, Catherine too dealt with her battles. She struggled with bipolar disorder and later opened up about it. “When you get sideswiped like that [Douglass’ cancer] it’s an obvious trigger for your balance to be a little bit off – not sleeping, worry, stress. It’s a classic trigger. There are amazing highs and very low lows. My goal is to be consistently in the middle. I’m in a very good place right now. A lot of that is to do with the fact that I’m much more knowledgeable [on the condition]," said Catherine. Though they experienced few bumps down the road, the couple came together to work things out and to make the most of their second chance. "It can't be a one-way street. 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. But we're back, stronger than ever," said Michael in 2015.
The couple, who then had a smooth sailing stuck to each other. Catherine told The Times that she and her husband had a very open relationship where they discussed and shared things with each other. "Both Michael and I have a very open relationship. When you have kids that didn't ask to be born into a world where it's scrutinized or looked into, you've got to be open and honest and share things that, probably, people at the drugstore wouldn't share over the counter." She said that it allowed them to be clear about anything that bothered their life. "All these conversations get around the table, and then I think you clear the air and everyone knows what's going on. There's no big surprises."
Catherine who has been vocal about the success of her relationship said that though they are in love, they respect each other's need for privacy. "Respect, space and a sense of humor. We spend a hell of a lot of time together, so we are careful to maintain our space," said Catherine to Telegraph. Despite the age difference, Catherine says she has a lot of similarities with her husband. "Given the age difference, what’s remarkable is that we are so similar in so many ways. We have a laid-back, easy-going relationship," said the actress.
The couple who crossed paths in 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival soon became the power couple they are today. After many dinner dates and long conversation, the Welsh actress was smitten by the actor and producer Michael Douglas. Their romance blossomed even when people around them criticized their age gap. "He certainly didn't want me as an ex-girlfriend on his list, and I certainly didn't want 'Michael Douglas' as an ex-boyfriend on my list. We looked at each other one day and said, 'We're having a lot of fun together,'" said Catherine to Eonline. After the birth of their first son Dylan, the couple tied the knot in 2000 at a grand ceremony at NewYork's Plaza hotel. They also have a daughter together. Ever since through up and downs, thick and thin, the couple has been together.