Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary Nov. 18. Wales Online says it was a marriage no one thought would last.
Much the same was said of my wife Elizabeth and I. However, we’ve been married 18 years and have successfully navigated through many ups and downs as a couple.
When it comes to living a busy life and raising a family, keeping a marriage healthy is no easy feat. And for Zeta-Jones and Douglas, caring for their two children, 10-year-old Dylan and 7-year-old Carys, as well as Michael’s battle with throat cancer, the couple has undeniably been through a lot in a mere 10 years.
One thing which caused many to be skeptical of their marriage’s potential for success is the huge age difference between Douglas and Zeta-Jones. Douglas is 25 years older than his wife, and many thought it would portend a quick and easy break-up, instead of growing a loyal and loving marriage.
Ten years and two children later, both stars are very happy together. Both being famous and in the limelight certainly helps the couple to have a better understanding of one another, but the overriding principle is that their marriage is infused with love–a love against all odds.
When Michael Douglas’ son Cameron (from a previous marriage) got into trouble in April of 2010, it was a trying time in their lives. Even though Cameron isn’t Catherine Zeta-Jones’ biological son, she treated him as such when she and Michael pleaded for leniency in his son’s court case.
Zeta-Jones said in a letter he has been an “exceptional” big brother to her two sons. Zeta-Jones continued by affirming the benefits of rehabilitation for her stepson instead of jail, according to the New York Daily News.
“What is wrong is wrong, but may all these positive attributes prevail, so that a facility that he is positioned in will help rehabilitate him,” Zeta-Jones said.
It was a loving stepmother’s plea for her husband’s eldest child. Their letters were successful, as Cameron was given five years in jail. According to ABC News, “the occasional actor and DJ had faced 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to selling bulk quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine at Manhattan’s upscale Hotel Gansevoort in 2009.”
Michael Douglas told late night host David Letterman his cancer was in stage four, meaning it had spread from its original location. He’s currently undergoing treatment.
Zeta-Jones canceled movie projects to be at her husband’s side during his health crisis. It was a mark of true loyalty, love and compassion between them.
An Inspirational Marriage
What these two have been through and surmounted as a couple in just 10 years has been an inspiration to both my wife and myself.
We recognize no relationship is perfect, but two people can be perfect for each other. Despite their hardships with Cameron and Michael’s tentative health, Zeta-Jones and her husband have managed to cultivate a loving and committed relationship for 10 years.
My wife and I both look to them for lessons in our own marriage, even though we’ve been together eight years longer. We see in their marriage that love conquers all difficulties.
When you have nothing else to lean on in life, you will always have the love and companionship of one another. When Michael Douglas had the one-two whammies of his son’s jail time and then cancer, he had a happy marriage to lean back on in tough times.
My wife and I can only hope we are strong for each other when we need to be. I know I am a stronger person because of my marriage, and I trust my wife feels the same way. Douglas and Zeta-Jones share that same trait in their marriage–both people are made stronger by the blessing of the presence of the other in their lives.
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