Posted on Tue Apr 26, 2011 02:10 PM PDT
Michael Douglas sat down with Oprah Winfrey in an episode airing today, where he said that wife Catherine Zeta-Jones didn't reveal her struggle with bipolar disorder by choice, but rather she was "outed" by someone in her treatment facility.
â€œI must say, Catherineâ€™s being quite open about it because she was outed, you know,â€ Michael told Oprah. â€œShe went to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, â€˜Hey, you wonâ€™t believe whoâ€™s in here now.â€™ And, so, once that happens, I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story.â€
And get it out she did. After spending five days in a treatment facility, Catherine's rep issued a statement earlier this month: "After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay."
Michael defended his wife on the show, saying, "My son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me. . .it's kind of hard for the wife to say that she's depressed."
But now that Michael is cancer-free, Catherine is focusing on her work. "She's great," Michael told Oprah. "She's shooting a movie down in Louisiana, and I think she's relieved she has a better understanding [of bipolar II]."
See what film role has been created just for Catherine ... after the jump.
She'll play a villain in the film version of Rock of Ages alongside Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough! Director Adam Shankman describes the role as an "arch-conservative who wants to shut down rock 'n' roll."
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