Michael Douglas is looking back on any regrets in his life; namely, the interview where he implied his wife may be indirectly responsible for his tongue cancer diagnosis.
“I so regretted any embarrassment that it caused Catherine and her family,” he said, of the interview where he suggested that his cancer was the result of oral sex. “What I was trying to say was that there is a sexually transmitted virus called HPV, but there is a vaccination that they recommend to all kids before they become sexually active so they don’t catch HPV, which is a cause of certain types of cancer – cervical cancer, tongue and throat.”
The pair briefly split in 2013, after the interview. Though their separation was short, coming back together required much effort. Douglas told The Sun, “First you have to admit that you made a mistake, then dealing with it is easy.”
Admitting to a mistake is a good start, but both parties have to be willing to reconcile. Douglas explained:
“We had a little bump in the road. The problem in this business is that everything is so public. I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have. And hopefully the feeling’s mutual. We worked things out – if both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it. You can’t do it if it’s just one person.”
Now, Douglas says he “sees priorities different.”