Catherine Zeta-Jones is talking openly about her bipolar disorder and husband Michael Douglas‘ cancer, and it’s kind of heartbreaking. It’s good to know that they’re in a much better place in their lives. That place being her giant closet where she can hide and have some “me” time, as they say. From the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine via Daily Mail:
We spend a hell of a lot of time together, so we are careful to maintain our space. We recently had an extension built, to house a closet. It’s like the Tardis – I go in there and never come out.
Nice Dr. Who reference, C Z-J.
Bipolar is something I have been dealing with for a long time. [...] I wasn’t as strong as I thought I could have been. I look back and I can’t believe the strength he had.
They’ve definitely had an interesting couple of years recently. Glad he’s okay and good on her for having the strength to get help and then talk about it.
Catherine Zeta-Jones sought treatment again last month for her bipolar disorder, entering an unknown rehab facility in an effort to get it under control again. Luckily, she seems to be doing a lot better now and left rehab yesterday, according to her husband, Michael Douglas.
“She comes home tomorrow,” he told PEOPLE on Monday. “She’s doing a really good job of getting balanced. I’m proud of her.”
That sounds a little condescending, but I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way. As a couple, CZJ and Michael have been through quite a bit, what with his cancer and her mental health struggles. They seem to have a pretty solid relationship, which is always nice to see, especially in Hollywood.
Here’s hoping Catherine is back on her feet and feeling better. Bipolar II is no joke and can really knock you for a loop (yes, shout out to Demi Lovato on this one), so here’s to health for everyone.
Being a human being is an awesome thing – our bodies autonomously work for nearly a hundred years (if we’re lucky) without being hooked up to any power source or anything. We can walk and talk and have sex and run experiments and write books and all these wonderful things. Humanity is grand! Of course, anything so amazing has its downfall, and that comes in the form of illness of any kind, physical or mental. bipolar II disorder is one of them and it’s a damn shame that Catherine Zeta-Jones is struggling with hers once again.
Catherine entered a treatment facility again yesterday to get things under control. TMZ has the full report:
We’ve learned … the 43-year-old Academy Award winner checked in to the treatment center Monday … and is expected to complete a 30-day program.
Sources connected to the actress tell us … Jones’ stint in the treatment center is a proactive measure. As one source puts it, “It’s maintenance.”
FYI — Jones completed a stint at a treatment center in 2011 — at the time, her rep said Catherine had “made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder.”
I can’t even say anything snarky to this story – mental illness is a lifelong struggle and one that I hope she finds some more peace with during this round of treatment. And at least she’s got a good partner there to support her (I would hope) in Michael Douglas!