"Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," reps for the "Behind the Candelabra" actor, 68, and "RED 2" actress, 43, confirm to omg!. "There will be no further comment."
The statement follows People magazine's new cover story, which reports that the couple has separated.
"They're taking a break," one insider tells the magazine, which has a close relationship with the twosome, exclusively covering their 2000 wedding. A family friend confirmed the news, saying, “The stress has taken a toll on their marriage."
However, neither star has filed for divorce or legal separation. For now they are living separate lives with Douglas enjoying a holiday aboard a yacht off the coast of Sardinia, Italy, and Zeta-Jones home in New York with their children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.
Since the couple married, they have endured many obstacles, including Douglas's throat cancer diagnosis in 2010, Zeta-Jones's ongoing struggle with bipolar II disorder, and Douglas's son Cameron's drug addiction and incarceration.
Douglas's hit the links without his wife on August 20. (Splash News)
Douglas also went stag to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April, the "Behind the Candelabra" premiere in May, and the One Centennial Sensation at Hudson Theatre in June. He was also snapped golfing without his wife in Sardinia earlier this month. While they've been together, Zeta-Jones typically hits the links with Douglas.
The actor also did some damage control after his comments about HPV possibly causing his cancer made big headlines in June. He issued a statement clarifying that he was not saying he got the sexually transmitted disease from his wife, nor does she have it.
In July, Zeta-Jones candidly admitted that Douglas's cancer was a "trigger" for her bipolar II disorder.
Despite their personal troubles, they remain focused on their children. A family friend told People, "They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens."
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