Catherine Zeta-Jones recently sat down with the Telegraph for a profile about her life right now — which includes, of course, husband Michael Douglas‘ recent cancer scare and her own struggles with bipolar disorder.
“When Michael was diagnosed with cancer I really thought, ‘You are going to have to wipe me off the floor,’ says Zeta-Jones. “This happens to people all the time, but it’s still a huge shock when the cards start to fall and you realize, ‘My God, it really is happening to us.'”
But she adds, “I wasn’t as strong as I thought I could have been. I wasn’t. … It was very intensive — chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the same time — but he still retained his sense of humor.”
“When you get sideswiped like that,” says Zeta-Jones, “it’s an obvious trigger for your balance to be a bit off — not sleeping, worry, stress. It’s a classic trigger.”
“[Being bipolar] is something I have been dealing with a long time. I never wanted to be as open about it as I was. I have a British stiff-upper-lip mentality — it wasn’t something I wanted to shout from the rooftops.”
“But when it did come to light, I know I’m not the only person who suffers with it or has to deal with it on a day-to-day basis. So if I’ve helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great.”