20 Years Together: Love Story Of Catherine Zeta-Jones And Michael Douglas

August 13, 2018

When celebrities share archival photographs, especially from decades ago, their devoted fans nostalgically remember the times when they were just making their first steps towards glory and success or were only starting to build their relationship. A few days earlier, such photo was posted by Catherine Zeta-Jones. It was a memory of meeting her husband, Michael Douglas, for the first time.

More than 20 years ago, it must have puzzled many people: what did this stunning beauty find in a man 25 years senior? Judging by the look of the actress, Michael knocked her off her feet straight away. We decided to recall the milestones of this beautiful relationship.

They first met at the Deauville Film Festival, where Zeta-Jones was promoting “The Mask of Zorro”, and Michael was promoting “A Perfect Murder”. Two of their mutual friends, then-couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, introduced the actors. It is believed that on that night, Douglas said to the young beauty that he was going to be the father of her children. Catherine found it tactless and left the event. However, the actor’s later apologized, and the couple started to have long telephone conversations.

On New Year's Eve, in 1999, Michael proposed to his beloved a month after it became public that the actress was pregnant. The two actors are raising two lovely children, Dylan and Carys.

After their daughter was born, the couple led a rather secluded life in Bermuda, enjoying common interests, such as golf, sailing, and evening walks on the beach. Since both spouses were at different life and career stages, there was no professional competition between them. But they were about to face some complications on the personal level.

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For some time, Michael’s son from a previous marriage, Cameron, was the #1 topic for discussion due to his drug problems. When in 2007 the young man was charged with distribution, it was Catherine who was among the first to defend the young man. A few years later, Douglas was diagnosed with a throat cancer, and again, Zeta-Jones supported her husband and helped him fight the disease.

As it turned out later, with time, her care started to burden the actor, and Catherine herself developed bipolar disorder. The couple briefly separated in 2013 but only for a few months. According to Douglas, they managed to resolve all conflicts thanks to their mutual respect and admiration.

There have been ups and downs in this couple’s story, but they worked everything out together without losing faith in the family they’d created. It would be hard to pick a better example to illustrate that the age gap, successful career, and views on life take a back seat in the presence of true love, don’t you agree?

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