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'Catherine bottled it up'

Following Catherine Zeta Jones's visit to a US rehabilitation clinic last month, Michael Douglas has spoken frankly about his wife's depression and the way they have dealt with their hellish year. Michael seems to be a big advocate of the power of national psyches, blaming Zeta Jones's illness on her Welshness, and tendency to 'bottle up' feelings.

Douglas told Oprah, 'When you’ve got cancer you’ve got to take care of business. They tell you you have seven weeks of chemo, radiation, you kind of dive in and do it. I’m the kind of person when they’re sick, I just curl up, I don’t like a lot of fuss and no attention. I just like to get on with it. So I got on with it.'

He continued,'I think that part of Catherine’s whole background, she’s Welsh and the Welsh it’s all stiff upper lip, not let your feelings show. In my last year and a half my oldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me, and I got cancer. It's kind of hard for the wife to say, 'I'm depressed,' Douglas joked, 'You're depressed, huh? How about some cancer, you want to get depressed?' That played a big part of it, she’s got to be stoic and deal with all the stuff I’m going through. Probably the time I’m off the hook you finally relax.'

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