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When Catherine Zetas-Jones released a statement that she was bipolar I was surprised as most celebs don’t alway divulge such personal information, but now her husband, Michael Douglas is saying that she was most likely ‘outed’ as bipolar by another patient!
Michael discussed Catherine’s illness on the Tuesday’s Oprah show (via PopEater),
“I must say, Catherine’s being quite open about it because she was outed, you know,” he said. “She went to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, ‘Hey, you won’t believe who’s in here now.’ And, so, once that happens, I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story.”
He is referring to the fact that the National Enquirer first reported that she was in a mental health facility, which then prompted a statement from Catherine hours later.
Michael told the talk show queen why she was reluctant at first to talk about her problems.
“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,'” Michael tells Oprah.
Catherine spent a total of five days in a mental health clinic to get help, leading Michael to tell PEOPLE magazine, “It takes a lot of courage to seek help and I am proud of Catherine for doing something positive about her situation. It’s onwards and upwards for us.”
She added: “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it’s worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”
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