With Catherine Zeta-Jones thousands of miles away in New York, Michael Douglas recently took the couple’s kids to Italy, where he spent quality time with a mystery brunette. As Star exclusively reported on July 31, the Hollywood couple, married for 13 years, has separated and are heading for a nasty divorce. Weeks later, their rep confirms the split.
“Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage,” the rep says.
Despite their current separation, neither star has filed for divorce just yet, but according to our insider, it’s only a matter of time. “Michael and Catherine are living totally separate lives and are powering full steam ahead with the divorce,” the source tells us. “He needed to get out of the pressure cooker that his life with Catherine has become.”
But, while the actor may be enjoying a vacation away from his wife right now, he’ll have to face reality sooner or later. Michael stands to lose millions in the event of a divorce, and the couple is also preparing for a vicious custody battle — they have two kids, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.
As we previously reported, the Hollywood Icon and his wife have rarely been staying under the same roof since Catherine completed rehab for her bipolar disorder in May. “Reconciliation is not on his radar anymore,” our source reveals. “The only glue still holding them together is their kids — but he wants out.”
Pick up the latest issue of Star, on newsstands now, for all the details about Michael’s vacation with the kids and his new mystery woman!