Catherine Zeta-Jones insists marriage is a “long road” and she works hard to keep her relationship alive.
The Welsh star celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary with Hollywood actor Michael Douglas in November last year (15), and the pair have had their fair share of rocky moments along the way. Following a brief split a few years ago, Catherine and Michael now seem stronger than ever and the 46-year-old actress thinks some married couples give up too quickly when times get tough.
“It’s a long road and I think people today are so quick to throw in the towel on marriage,” she said in an interview with Britain’s Good Housekeeping magazine. “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. There will be many more down the road.”
Catherine celebrated her wedding anniversary with Michael at one of their favourite restaurants. They loved spending some quality time together and couldn’t resist reminiscing about their relationship over the years.
“(We were) laughing that we haven’t killed each other yet – and that we are still alive!” Catherine quipped. “Fifteen years is a long time. You’ve got to keep the home fires burning!”
The couple have faced many battles during their marriage, including Michael’s throat cancer diagnosis in 2010 and Catherine’s diagnosis with bipolar II disorder in 2011, as well as a brief separation in 2013.
Catherine admits those rocky few years put a great deal of pressure on their family, especially their two children – son Dylan, 15 and daughter Carys, 12.
“We tried to keep it as private as possible, but because of what we do, it’s very hard,” the star explained. “I didn’t talk to other people about it enough. That’s one thing I would do more of.
“Our children asking, ‘Is Daddy going to die?’ was really hard. It was an experience that I am so happy is in our rear-view mirror.”
Catherine also touched upon her bipolar II condition, explaining that she has done her best to deal with the situation. Getting a diagnosis was a huge relief for Catherine, as it cleared up a lot of uncertainty and fear for her.
“Finding out that it was called something was the best thing that ever happened to me!” she said. “The fact that there was a name for my emotions and that a professional could talk me through my symptoms was very liberating.
“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 about what I call my pain in the a*s!”
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