My Take on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’ Separation
After 13 years of marriage, glamorous duo Catherine Zeta- Jones and Michael Douglas are taking a break from their marriage.
A source for People magazine disclosed, "They're taking a break. The stress has taken a toll on their marriage. They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens."
And the news comes as no great surprise. Bi-polar disorder, cancer, rumored sex-addiction, troubled children. When it comes to even the strongest of marriages like theirs, how much can a couple really withstand?
Between Douglas' 2010 cancer battle , his rumored sex addiction, his eldest son's prison term and Zeta-Jones' struggles with bipolar II disorder, a chronic condition for which there is no quick fix, perhaps all these factors have taken their toll on the couple. I know when you get married your vows include, "for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health" but the real test of a relationship is holding true to those vows when stressful circumstances throw you for a loop and you are no longer the person you were when you entered the marriage.
While I've always held that the secret to a healthy marriage is the ability to stay connected to another person and still be able to grow and evolve with the firm knowledge that your partner will welcome those changes and support you, perhaps not all couples can weather as many storms as Zeta-Jones and Douglas have.
Of course Hollywood is a game changer. Being under constant scrutiny by the media can be exhausting, especially if you are struggling with the stigma of mental illness. Michael Douglas also has his share of demons - not to mention a son who is imprisoned and perhaps the difference in his and Catherine's age plays a role as well. Douglas is 68 and Zeta-Jones is 43. Maybe some marriages and relationships simply aren’t strong enough to sustain major life changes and events- and those are the ones that cannot go the distance.
What do you think- how much can a marriage take?