Saturday, April 13, 2024

Michael Douglas in South of France, Split from Catherine Zeta Jones


People magazine is reporting something everyone knew but no one wanted to say: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have split after 13 years together. The magazine does not have an official statement which is odd for People. They just went with quotes from “friends.” People notes the Douglas’s cancer and Zeta Jones’s problems with bi-polar disorder as causes of strain. But there were problems a long time before that.

Also, and not mentioned in the People story, is the situation with Douglas’s son Cameron, who’s in prison for drug dealing and drug abuse. Cameron has spent a huge amount of time in solitary confinement. He can’t have visitors and won’t get out of prison until 2018. The severity of the term is shocking. That pressure, looming over Douglas, has probably been worse than anything else…

The last time I saw the couple together was at producer Marty Richards’ 80th birthday party and send off. (He has since passed away.) That was last January. Douglas was on his own in Cannes for “Behind the Candelabra” while Zeta Jones was being treated for her condition. They were once a very together couple, so it’s sad to see the end, especially with two kids…

I can tell you exclusively that Douglas is currently in Cap d’Antibes staying with professional host Johnny Pigozzi, friend of celebrities around the world. Then he heads to Deauville to open the film festival with “Candelabra”…

…Meantime the New York Times website is still down after being hacked yesterday. The Times has been hacked before and gotten right back up. But this time the damage must be pretty bad. Looking forward to seeing them back asap…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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