Saturday, April 23, 2011

'Catherine was outed during bipolar struggle,' Michael Douglas tells Oprah

By Daily Mail Reporter

Anger: Michael Douglas told Oprah that Catherine Zeta Jones was 'outed' during her struggle with bipolar disorder

Michael Douglas is enraged that his wife Catherine Zeta Jones was 'outed' in her struggle with bipolar disorder.

The 66-year-old actor, who is looking fantastic despite his high-profile battle with cancer, appeared to be gripped by fury as he talked about his wife of 12 years checking herself into a Connecticut institution.

Asked about 41-year-old Zeta Jones's illness by U.S. chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, the Wall Street star declared: 'She was outed.'

His statement was shown during a preview of Winfrey's exclusive sit-down chat, which airs in the United States next week.

Zeta-Jones's spell in a mental facility first emerged in the American tabloid magazine the National Enquirer, prompting her to release a statement hours later revealing she was suffering the condition.

Douglas, who announced in January that he had defeated throat cancer, still appeared frail as he sat in front of Winfrey's live studio audience.

During the interview the actor speaks candidly about his wife's illness and his own heath problems, which saw him diagnosed with a throat tumour last year.

'My eldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me and I got cancer': Douglas tells Oprah his woes

'Onwards and upwards': But Douglas goes on to explain his family's attitude to the future

Release: Douglas spoke frankly about his family's recent troubles with Winfrey

He also opens up about his ex-wife Diandra's attempts to get a cut of his earnings from 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' and his son Cameron's jail sentence for drug dealing.

'My eldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me and I got cancer,' he said.

In recent weeks, Douglas has put his own heath battle to one side, to help Zeta Jones in her struggle with bipolar disorder.

The actor has described how proud he is of the mother of his two children, for seeking professional help for the illness.

Concern: The talk show mogul looked concerned as Douglas talked about his wife's battle with depression

Sombre: Zeta Jones has a moment of sadness on the Louisiana set of Playing the Field

'It takes a lot of courage to seek help and I am proud of Catherine for doing something positive about her situation,' he said. 'It's onwards and upwards for us.'

For her own part, Catherine, who is back at work on the set of new film Playing the Field in Louisiana, is sanguine about the news breaking, even defiant.
'There is no shame in seeking help, she told People magazine.

'This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them.'

'If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it.'


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