Catherine Zeta-Jones received a lot of praise from fashion experts, as well as the public, for her strapless black Maria Lucia Hohan gown, when she glided down the red carpet on Thursday night, at the premiere for her new movie Red 2. The ensemble was tasteful, classy, sexy and suited her very well. She even had room to whip out her leg, Angelina style. She was in high spirits, but mentioned that she missed her children a lot. Catherine stated: “My children are actually at sleep-away camp, so I’m missing them desperately.” Catherine recently addressed Michael Douglas’s throat cancer, and how it triggered her bipolar disorder. Her husband couldn’t attend the premiere because he was filming on the East Coast. (The movie he is taping is called “And so it Goes,” which also features Diane Keaton.)
Michael Douglas has been in the news recently because he opened up about his medical difficulties. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, and had to endure both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He said that he had been free of cancer for more than two years, and that he feels confident that it will not return. He claimed that the treatments left him very weak at the time. Until now it has only been Douglas who spoke about it, until today. Zeta-Jones addressed not only Michael’s throat cancer, but also how it affected her and triggered her bipolar disorder. Catherine mentioned to Stella magazine that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to handle it. She said: “When Michael was diagnosed with cancer I really thought, ‘You are going to have to wipe me off the floor’,” she added: “This happens to people all the time, but it’s still a huge shock when the cards start to fall and you realise, ‘My God, it really is happening to us’. I thought I didn’t have the [emotional] tools to cope. But it’s amazing where the strength comes from – from family and friends, from strangers supporting us.”
The interview also addressed the fact that Michael had stated that he thought the cancer could have been caused by the HPV virus, which, according to Douglas, is transmitted through oral sex. Catherine, always the dignified lady, decided not to go into detail about these statements. She did want to share how they coped individually, and as a family: “He’s a very matter-of-fact person. Once he was diagnosed he was like, ‘Okay, what do I do?’ He basically wanted that thing out of his body so he just blitzed the ——-. It was very intensive … but he still retained his sense of humor,” she added: “He was very open with the children. No secrets — they went and saw him having treatment. Together we all coped with everything. It did make us closer. But I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”
In addition to coping with Michael’s disease, Catherine was not doing very well, and ended up in the hospital. She was treated there for her bipolar disorder. (This disorder consists of extreme mood swings, from being very happy one moment to deeply depressed the next.) Catherine addressed this by saying: “When you get sideswiped like that [by her husband’s illness], it’s an obvious trigger for your balance to be a little bit off — not sleeping, worry, stress. It’s a classic trigger.” Zeta-jones should be applauded for her openness and willingness to address throat cancer and how it triggered her disorder.
If her red carpet appearance this week was any indication then it seems to be going in the right direction for the Family Douglas-Jones.
By Georgina Pijttersen