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Douglas & Zeta-Jones: Strong marriage at last

Kristyn Burtt is an IAWTV award-winning host and entertainment reporter. She currently hosts the recap shows for "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" on AfterBuzz TV and for "True Blood" on GeekNation.

What a difference a year makes

This story has a happy Hollywood ending. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones learned a lot during their separation last year and are now back together.

Love and relationships aren't easy. Just ask Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The Hollywood power couple has struggled over the last year to stay together. However, it looks like they are winning the fight.

The And So It Goes star told People magazine that they are back on track.

Douglas shared, "A lot of it has to do with age. When you've accomplished a certain amount in your career, you're not so focused on your ambitions. It makes you appreciate — and hopefully you do that sooner rather than later — the value of your partner."

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He even offered up an analogy with orchids as his inspiration. The 69-year-old star said, "Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that's nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it's ignored, it withers."

The duo went through a tremendous amount of stress with Douglas battling tongue cancer and Zeta-Jones continually managing her bipolar disorder. Douglas' son, Cameron, from his first marriage, has also been imprisoned for drug-related charges.

Douglas and his 44-year-old wife have two kids together — son Dylan, 13, and daughter Carys, 11. As parents, they have been very honest about what the family has endured over the last few years.

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He explained, "I'm more and more prone to tell kids just about everything. There's been a whole school of thought about things you should not tell children — if there's a problem in a relationship, [people say], 'Let's not let the kids know.' Kids know. They know everything. I would err on the side of pretty much sharing everything. They can digest it, you know? It's life."

With a new perspective on his family life and marriage, it sounds like the couple is stronger than ever.

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