Michael Douglas said he regrets making comments that suggested his throat cancer could have been caused by engaging in oral sex with women. He admitted his remarks were hurtful to wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
"It was one of those things … and I so regretted any embarrassment that it caused Catherine and her family," the 70-year-old actor told Event Magazine via E! Online. The “Basic Instinct” star added that he and Zeta-Jones had a “little bump in the road” because so many details of their personal lives are made public.
The couple, who have three children -- Carys Zeta Douglas, Cameron Douglas and Dylan Michael Douglas -- separated in 2013 but reconciled just a few months later. The actor now expresses nothing but love for his wife: "I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have," the actor said, "and hopefully the feeling's mutual."
The “And So It Goes” actor also talked about how he “worked things out” with his 45-year-old wife. “If both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it," he said. "You can't do it if it's just one person."
The couple were seen at the Genesis Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem on June 18, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awarded Douglas the Genesis Prize of $1 million. His son Dylan and daughter Carys also attended the ceremony.
The actor talked about surviving his battle with cancer and said he feels grateful to be alive. "I was just happy to be alive. I was ecstatic," the actor shared, adding that his new life feels like a “rebirth.” He added that he has a new lease on life after “you go through cancer and you come out of it.” The actor now prioritizes his personal life over his professional life and said he has a “much deeper appreciation of marriage and children.” “You see everything a little bit clearer, and a little brighter," he added.