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Michael Douglas Tells Oprah Winfrey: Catherine Zeta-Jones Was "Outed" for Being Bipolar

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Apr. 26 2011, Published 7:57 a.m. ET

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According to Catherine Zeta-Jones' husband, Michael Douglas, she didn't tell the public she was seeking treatment for bipolar II disorder by choice — Catherine was "outed."

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In an episode airing today, Michael appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show and opens up to Oprah about the very difficult year he and his wife, Catherine, have been through.

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"I must say, Catherine's being quite open about it because she was outed, you know," Michael, 66, told Oprah (via ABC News). "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."

To say Michael and Catherine, who married in 2000, had a difficult year is an understatement.

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"My oldest son... is in federal prison. My ex-wife is suing me and I got cancer," the actor explained.

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But Michael told Oprah that Catherine, 41, has been stoic through it all.

Earlier this month, Catherine's publicist, CeCe Yorke, confirmed to OK!, "“After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder. She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”

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