The Ant-Man star opened up about the couple's brief split in 2013

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated June 28, 2015 12:15 PM
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Michael Douglas says despite a public split from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2013, the couple is doing better than ever and are enjoying raising their two children together.

The Ant-Man star, 70, opened up about his relationship with the actress, 45, as well as life post-Cancer, for an interview with The Daily Mail.

The actor, who married Zeta-Jones in 2000, made headlines in 2013 when he alluded to oral sex as a risk factor for the type of cancer he had, later clarifying that he was making a general statement rather than speaking of his own illness.

The couple separated shortly after, although Douglas tells The Daily Mail the comments weren’t the cause.

“I was trying to make a public service comment,” he says, later adding, “It was one of those things… and I so regretted any embarrassment that it caused Catherine. And her family.”

Rather, the stress of Douglas’s tongue cancer strained the pair’s relationship, the actor says.

“We had a little bump in the road,” he explains. “The problem in this business is that everything is so public.”

The star, who was misdiagnosed three times, says his prognosis initially seemed bleak and his health rapidly deteriorated.

“I was Stage 4 and I’d seen a lot of other people that I know go,” he tells the British newspaper. “It was pretty bad… but it got better. Then it even got good.”

Zeta-Jones, who suffers from bipolar II disorder previously admitted to being “a mess” after his 2010 diagnosis. The actor was finally declared cancer free in January 2011, but the stress of his treatment left a mark on the pair’s relationship.

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“We worked things out – if both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it,” he tells the website of their 2014 reconciliation. “You can’t do it if it’s just one person.”

Zeta-Jones and Douglas, who will celebrate their 15th anniversary in December, share two children together, Dylan, 14, and Carys, 12.

“I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have,” he says. “And hopefully the feeling’s mutual.”

The two-time Oscar winner also talked bout his son Cameron, 36, with ex-wife Diandra Luker. Cameron has been imprisoned since 2010 on drug dealing charges. His initial 5-year sentence was extended until at least 2018 due to drug infractions while in jail.

“I visit him and he’s holding up, for a guy who really got screwed,” he says, adding, “Reverse celebrity, making an example, it’s been a nightmare. He’s been in much longer than he should be, but hopefully it will come to an end soon.”

The Wall Street star, who keeps active with his younger children, says Cameron’s imprisonment has been “very hard” to deal with.

“It has been an education and I look forward to jumping into this issue once I can get him out,” he says.