The actor seems to love being a parent. The very first time he met his wife, he told her, "I’m going to be the father of your children."
Before Michael Douglas met the love of his life, Catherine Zeta-Jones, he never thought he would start a family again after crossing the age of 50. But the way he gushes about his wife and children makes it seem like he wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world. The 76-year-old Hollywood heavyweight was recently seen attending the high school graduation of his 18-year-old daughter, Carys, and called it a "lovely experience."
"It was so wonderful, I'm so proud of her," Douglas said while appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
The seasoned actor then went on to admit that there certainly are some awkward moments when people see him with his daughter because of his age. "I gotta tell you Kelly, it's a little rough when you're going out the doors and the other parents are saying, 'Oh congratulations... you must be so proud of your granddaughter,'" Douglas shared, as quoted by PEOPLE. "I said, 'Well, I don't know man. Yeah okay,'" he went on to say. "I'm not gonna take it personal, they're just trying to be nice."
Douglas is a father of three and first became a parent to son, Cameron, while married to his first wife, Diandra. In 1996, he met Zeta-Jones for the first time and told her that very night he was going to be the father of her children, according to Elle. "We have the same birthday, few years apart. The first time I ever met her I found out we had the same birthday and I told her, 'I’m going to be the father of your children,'" Douglas told ET.
Indeed, his prediction came true. Douglas and Zeta-Jones got married and became parents to their two children, Dylan and Carys. Although he never imagined he would be a parent again in his 50s, he found himself being "consumed" by the experience of being a father. "I'm not driven like I once was – these days I am consumed with being a father and with my responsibilities as a husband. I never anticipated starting a family at my age. I'm genuinely happy to let Catherine work, while I stay at home with the children. I cherish this time," he told The Guardian in 2010.
Even in his relationship with Catherine Zeta-Jones, their 25-year age gap never stopped them from having a happy marriage of more than two decades.
"Historically, older men and younger women have been together," Zeta-Jones said about their age difference, as quoted by E! "When my mother was telling me about men and telling me the facts of life, she never actually put an age bracket on it. And it's so funny, because Michael and my parents are the same age. So, my parents, whenever they see us together, never even question that there was a 25-year age difference."
Now that their children are adults, Douglas spoke about him and Zeta-Jones becoming empty-nesters. "It's scary. It really is. You look at each other and go, 'Well, it's just you and me babe,'" Douglas told TODAY, as quoted by PEOPLE. "You forget how many conversations you sort of hide behind in terms of talking about your kids and what's going on next and this and that, and then one day you just look at each other..." Douglas said. "We're 20 years now, so all those good years of paying attention to each other are paying off now."
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