Yesterday brought the sad news that after 13 years of marriage, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have decided to take some time apart. A spokesperson for Michael told the Daily Mirror, ‘Michael and Catherine are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.’
This news comes after months of rumblings that all was not well in the Douglas / Jones camp. Reports that the couple have been living separate lives had been going on for some time, with the pair rarely being seen together. The couple, who have two children together, made headlines around the world when they first got together in March 1999, not least because of the 25-year age gap.
It was something they talked about often. Here we look back at their relationship in quotes…
June 2003: Catherine speaks out about the 25-year age gap
‘It's nothing,’ she said, ‘He never ever makes me feel inferior or says something like, 'You were just being born when I was learning this.’ And he's willing to share power. At night he lets me hold the TV remote until he starts to get tired, then he gives me carte blanche to turn everything off.’
July 2007: Catherine reveals how Michael vied for her attention when they first started dating
Michael told her, ‘I want to father your children'. She said, 'Months later, we were dating, and I was already in love with him.’
April 2009: After being diagnosed with cancer, Michael spoke out about how supportive Catherine had been
He said, ‘She turned out to be fantastic. It's like a test to see how good your wife is, but she's been fantastic. But I couldn't get her into the nurse's outfit!’
March 2010: Still going strong, Michael explains the couple's strong bond
‘We have a deep understanding with each other rather than having to worry about fulfilling one another's expectations,’ he said. ‘She knows what it's like to come back at night wiped out. And it's alright to have silences.’
September 2010: The strain started to show when Catherine spoke about about Michael's cancer
‘The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired... if there's anything Michael has, it's strength,’ she said.
June 2013: Michael makes a cruel joke, saying that Catherine has HPV and it gave him cancer
‘Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus,’ he told a magazine.