Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones 'separate after 13-year marriage starts to crumble'
- The pair are currently spending time apart after running into difficulties in their marriage
- Michael is holidaying solo in Sardinia while Catherine remains in New York with their two children
- Neither has filed for divorce or legal separation
couple married in 2000 and have been faced with many personal
difficulties recently, including Michael's cancer and Catherine's
12:08 GMT, 28 August 2013
12:45 GMT, 28 August 2013
Michael Douglas and Catherine
Zeta-Jones have reportedly decided to separate and spend some time apart.
Hollywood power couple are currently taking some time out from one
another, with Michael Douglas currently holidaying in Sardinia solo
while Catherine remains in New York.
A source told this week's People magazine: 'They're taking a break.'
Time apart: Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, last pictured together here on 22 April, have
reportedly separated as they struggle to maintain their marriage
Although the publication claims neither star is currently making moves towards a divorce or legal separation.
'Separated': This week's People magazine claims they are taking a break from one another
The couple, who married in
2000, haven't been seen publicly together since 22 April, when they
cuddled up on the red carpet at the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala at
Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
But they reportedly decided to spend some time alone once Michael had returned from this year's Cannes Film Festival in France.
then started to swirl over a possible split when Michael was spotted -
playing a game of golf on his own in Italy last week, a sport he usually
partakes in with Catherine.
a lonely figure, it was a different picture entirely from just last
year when the actor smiled alongside his wife at the annual Michael
Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, which took place
between 25 and 27 May.
It was recently reported by Star
Magazine that Catherine was set to begin a '$300m divorce battle'
against Michael, to end their 13 years of marriage.
a representative for Michael, 68, and Catherine, 43, denied that they
have separated, the married couple have been spending time apart
is said to be living in Manhattan while Catherine is staying at their
$4m home in New York State with their children Dylan, 13, and Carys,
Alone: Michael Douglas cut a lonely figure as he
played golf in Porto Rotondo in Italy, a sport he enjoys playing with
his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones
Claims: The National Enquirer recently reported
that Catherine was set to embark on a '$300m divorce battle' against her
husband of 12 years
Regrets: Michael recently spoke about his
divorce to first wife Diandra Douglas, a marriage he admits he should
have ended earlier.
'Michael's doing a movie on the
East Coast with Diane Keaton, so he's working,' Catherine told ET
Online recently, adding: 'My children are actually at sleep-away camp,
so I'm missing them desperately.'
Meanwhile, a source close to the couple have told British magazine Grazia that divorce would be 'the final straw'.
They said: 'It would be too damaging for the children and a strain on both of them emotionally and health wise.'
Keen hobby: Michael and Catherine taking part in
the Ninth Annual Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Event at
the Trump National Golf Club in 2007
In February it was claimed by
The Enquirer that the pair were to separate in a 'hush hush' divorce,
however the pair denied the claims.
Enquirer alleged that the marriage 'buckled under the pressure of
dealing with Michael's cancer battle, his son Cameron's incarceration on
drugs charges and Catherine's struggle with bipolar II disorder.'
On the rocks? Michael and Catherine, seen here in February this year, have previously denied reports that they were splitting
A source has now added to People: 'The stress has taken a toll on their marriage.'
A representative has been contacted by the MailOnline to ask about the new reports of a separation.
Michael recently spoke about his divorce to first wife Diandra, a marriage he admits he should have ended earlier.
said: 'I know I’m going to get into trouble here. I have nothing
against her and in fact I’m very fond of my first wife. But we should
have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier.'
'It took me too long to realize that if you go to a marriage counselor
to resolve problems, it’s in his interest to keep the marriage going.
Because if I end the marriage he’s got no business.'
won a reported $45 million in the divorce settlement, and in 2011, she
unsuccessfully tried to sue Michael for half of his earnings from the
movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Where's Catherine? Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are regularly seen playing golf together