Michael Douglas has revealed that his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ depression was “outed”, prompting the actress to announce she was seeking treatment for bipolar II disorder.
Douglas is due to appear on Tuesday’s Oprah Winfrey Show. Topics of conversation to be covered with show host Winfrey include his throat cancer battle and Zeta-Jones’ depression.
Douglas explains that his wife had no choice but to make a statement regarding her disorder.
“I must say, Catherine’s being quite open about it because she was outed, you know,” he said. “She went to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, ‘Hey, you won’t believe who’s in here now.’ And, so, once that happens, I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story.”
The National Enquirer were the first to go public that Jones was spending time out in a mental health facility. Douglas explained to Winfrey: “My oldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me, and I got cancer. It’s kind of hard for the wife to say, ‘I’m depressed.”
Zeta-Jones was treated for five days at the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her rep said in a statement: “After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay.
“She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”
A close friend of the couple also opened up, telling PopEater: “Catherine is one of a kind. Of course the couple hoped that this would remain private, but when it became clear the tabloids were going to expose her private business, the two of them, both Catherine and Michael, couldn’t have acted in a more classy manner.”
Asked how Zeta-Jones is doing, he replied: “She’s great. She’s shooting a movie down in Louisiana, and I think she’s relieved she has a better understanding [of bipolar II].”
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