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Report: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones take a time out

 

Apparently the strain of the last few years has been too much. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have separated, People.com reports.

The power couple haven’t been seen together in some time and are living in different homes. Douglas, 68, is said to be in NYC while Catherine stays at their $4 million manor in Westchester County with the kids, Dylan, 13 (who has mild dyslexia), and Carys, 10. Sources tell People the stress from Douglas’ battle with tongue cancer and Catherine’ bipolar disorder have taken a toll on the 13-year marriage. But sources say divorce isn’t on the table yet, and it could get ugly, seeing how together they are worth about a cool $300 million.

Love on the rocks

In related news, friends confirm in the new issue of In Touch that the Kris and Bruce Jenner 22-year marriage is indeed just for show. “[T]hey’ve had problems for a long time and have been separated for months,” a so-called family friend reveals. The Kardashian matriarch, 57, was photographed without her huge ring about two weeks ago, when she didn’t know there were cameras around (duh!). “They don’t do anything together unless it’s filmed,” says the family friend. “They haven’t slept together in years and pretty much just have a business relationship at this point.”

Joey Fatone definitely had some fun at the VMAs, reuniting with his *NSYNC bandmates. But his love life is no laughing matter. According to Star, the 36-year-old has separated from his wife/ high school sweetheart, Kelly Baldwin. “They pretend Joey is traveling for work, but really he just stays with friends,” a source tells the tabloid. They have two daughters, ages 12 and 3.

‘Wild’ thing

Joe Francis doesn’t seem too worried about his current predicament. The Girls Gone Wild creator was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his L.A. mansion in 2011.

Francis’ attorney Steve Levine said key details of the case were proven to be false in court, and is appealing. The video producer was released from custody soon after posting a $250,000 bond and remains free pending the outcome of the appeal. Outside the courtroom, he told TMZ that the sentence is “ridiculous” and “absurd” and that he won’t do any time at all.

The 40-year-old manchild was also ordered to complete an anger management course and attend 52 sessions of psychological counseling.

No problem

Sean Combs was forced to go to Twitter to clear up a small misunderstanding.

The rumor mill churned when reports arose saying that he and rapper J.Cole had an argument during a VMAs after party at NYC’s Dream Hotel. The New York Daily News reports that Jay Z even had to step in and Cole was escorted out. “I usually don’t address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro J. Cole,” Diddy posted. “We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes.”

Trouble on the set

Did George Eads get too sassy for his own good? The CSI actor who has long played Nick Stokes looks to be in some hot water with his bosses. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eads had words with one of the CBS show’s writers. Next thing you know, the network released the statement: “George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season. We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon.” CSI returns for its 14th season on Sept. 25.

2 thumbs up

President Barack Obama said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show that he got teary while watching L ee Daniels’ The Butler, a movie about a black White House servant who worked for several presidents. He says he reflected on the effects of discrimination on a generation of people who “put up with a whole lot of mess because they hoped for something better for their kids.”

Obama said his own butlers have been kind and warm to his family. He suspects that part of it is they look at his daughters, Malia and Sasha, and they say, quoting, “Well, this looks like my grandbaby or this looks like my daughter.”

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