"I took her for granted" Michael Douglas opens up about split from Catherine Zeta Jones


THEY recently put on a united front to prove that their marriage is stronger than ever.

And it seems romance is still alive for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, despite the couple calling it quits on their marriage last August.

Michael, 69, has admitted time apart from his 44-year-old Welsh wife made him realise he "took her for granted".

The pair's 14-year union was said to have been put under strain by his tongue cancer diagnosis and Catherine visiting rehab for bipolar disorder.

However, Michael, who was previously married before, has now revealed it was his health battle which enabled him to put things into perspective and re-evaluate his marriage.

“First you have to admit that you made a mistake, then dealing with it is easy. Of course it’s important to make mistakes, as long as you grow from them,” he said.

“When you are younger you care what other people think and you take the person closest to you for granted,” he added.

“You waste a lot of energy on strangers to make a good impression. When you’re older you focus that energy on the people closest to you, on your family. And you’re courteous.

The couple, who have two children together Dylan, 13, and Carys 11, recently put on a rare display of PDA as they attended the 42nd Annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala which was honouring Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles last week.

Looking more in love then ever, the pair didn't let go of each other's hands as they posed for photographs at the high profile red carpet event.



Michael is set to return to the big screen with two new movies in the can - And So It Goes and The Reach.

And So it Goes is a comedy also starring Diane Keaton, which is released in the UK on July 18, while The Reach also stars Jeremy Irvine and is scheduled for later this year.

He is also being linked to a new sci-fi thriller called Ant-Man which is not due for release until 2015.

Michael is set to star alongside Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd as a biochemist who develops something that helps him communicate and control insects.

These were the days...

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/482542/I-took-her-for-granted-Michael-Douglas-opens-up-about-split-from-Catherine-Zeta-Jones