Michael Douglas Says Catherine Zeta-Jones Was “Outed” in Bipolar Struggle

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By Daniel Gates


Michael Douglas says Catherine Zeta-Jones was “outed” in her struggle with bipolar disorder during an “Oprah” interview airing today. “I must say, Catherine’s being quite open about it because she was outed,” Douglas tells the host. “She went [into treatment] to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, ‘Hey, you won’t believe who’s in here now.'”

“Once that happens,” continues the actor, “I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story.” Zeta-Jones opened up to People last week, talking about her diagnosis and telling others, “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”

Douglas spoke with Oprah about the difficulties of the past year, during which he fought throat cancer and saw his son Cameron sentenced to federal prison. The actor empathized with how hard the situation must have been on Zeta-Jones, explaining, “My son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me… it’s kind of hard for the wife to say that she’s depressed.”

But Douglas added that his wife is now doing “great.” “She’s shooting a movie down in Louisiana, and I think she’s relieved she has a better understanding [of bipolar disorder],” he said.

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