Vows not so sacred now?

For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

But just how sacred are these wedding vows?

Michael Douglas, 68, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, long considered a Hollywood royal couple, are taking a break from each other.

I was taken aback when I saw the headlines. The husband was equally shocked when I told him.

"Haven't they been together like, forever?" he asked.

Zeta-Jones' publicist, Cece Yorke and Douglas' publicist, Allen Burry, confirmed to USA Today in a statement that the two "are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage".

Perhaps in Hollywood terms, 13 years is a long time to be married.

That made me think. Have I been married, like, forever too? I'll be celebrating my ninth wedding anniversary in two weeks.

Have we encountered problems in our marriage?

Most definitely.

Major illness and mental issues like Douglas and Zeta-Jones did? No.

Ours are minute issues next to the A-list couple's.

Douglas and Zeta-Jones have weathered drastic problems in recent times.

The US actor was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, while the Welsh actress sought treatment for bipolar disorder in 2011 and again earlier this year.

Then there was the incarceration of Douglas' son from his first marriage, Cameron, in 2010. He was slapped with a five-year sentence for drug dealing.

My heart goes out to the couple.

Living under the scrutiny of the public eye and having your personal issues splashed out in gossip rags is stressful.

There's also the constant temptation in Hollywood. Douglas was a renowned - though now reformed - Lothario.

His first marriage dissolved because of his adultery. He even checked into rehab for sex addiction.

But all that was water under the bridge when he exchanged vows with Zeta-Jones in November 2000 in a lavish ceremony at New York's Plaza hotel.

The couple have two children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.

But signs of cracks in the marriage surfaced a few months ago. They have not been photographed together since April at the 40th Chaplin Award gala at NYC's Lincoln Center.

He was recently spotted on a yacht off the coast of Sardinia vacationing with friends in Europe.

Douglas is now living solo in his Manhattan home, while Zeta-Jones remains in their Bedford, New York, estate.

The good news is that it may not be all doom and gloom.

The fact that they have not submitted any formal documentation to the US court announcing a legal separation is a good sign.

The pair had plans to renew their vows last year.

I'm really hoping they pull through this rough patch.

It's really disheartening to see them calling everything off after having gone through so much.

I'll be waiting to read about their reunion, so that it will truly be till death do they part

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