9 Things You Didn’t Know About Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’ Relationship

  
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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been married for seventeen years now, which is quite the feat, especially if you take into consideration how mismatched they seemed when they first started dating. He was this lothario who was 25 years (to the day) her senior and she was just another up and coming actress. Many assumed that it wouldn’t last, but here we are! They are still together and still going strong. In celebration of their anniversary, here are 9 things you didn’t know about the power couple:

9. First Meeting

They met in 1998 at the Deauville Film Festival in France. Douglas was the one who made the first move. He had admired her since her role in The Mask of Zorro, so he asked his publicist to see if he could meet her for a drink, which she accepted. The drink date was going well until he told her that he was going to be the father of her children. She wasn’t into it and told him that she’d heard all about him and that it was time for her to say good night. He managed to salvage things though, by sending her some flowers with an apology the next day.

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8. Still Married

Michael and Catherine didn’t start dating seriously until March 1999. They tried to keep their relationship as low-key as possible because he was still divorcing his first wife, Diandra, and he didn’t want anything to affect the divorce agreement that they had been working on. Unfortunately, when Diandra caught wind of the relationship, she went to People magazine and said, “Before Michael can marry, he has to divorce me – or become a Muslim so he can have two wives.”

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