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Michael Douglas thanks estranged wife at Emmys

Michael Douglas thanked his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones in his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a miniseries or TV movie at last night's Emmy Awards.

"I want to thank my wife Catherine for her support," the actor said as he accepted the honour for his role in Behind the Candelabra.

The 68-year-old Hollywood star and Welsh-born Zeta-Jones, 43, announced in August that they were "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."

Michael Douglas at London awards event after split

Michael Douglas is attending the GQ magazine Awards in London - his first public event since he and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones announced a temporary separation:


Douglas recently hit headlines over throat cancer claims

Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones are "taking some time apart". Credit: Pool/ABACA/Press Association Images

In recent years, Michael Douglas has battled stage-four throat cancer.

In June, the Hollywood actor hit the headlines when he said his battle against throat cancer was caused by performing by a sexually transmitted disease.

The 68-year-old claimed his stage-four cancer was contracted through the human papilloma virus during oral sex.

Zeta Jones and Douglas have been married for 13 years

Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband Michael Douglas, with their children Dylan and Carys, Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband Michael Douglas are "taking some time apart", her publicist has said.

The couple married 13 years ago and have two children, Dylan and Carys, together.

Earlier this year, Jones - who shot to fame in the early 1990s playing Mariette Larkin in The Darling Buds Of May - checked into a clinic for treatment of a two bipolar disorder.

She has previously said of the illness: "There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help."

Michael Douglas' publicist disputes STD cancer claim

Michael Douglas, 68, pictured last month. Credit: PA

A publicist representing Michael Douglas has denied that the actor blames a sexually-transmitted disease for his throat cancer.

Allen Burry issued a statement in which he claims Douglas never said that oral sex was the specific cause of the disease.

"In a discussion with the newspaper, they talked about the causes of oral cancer, one of which was oral sex, which is noted and has been known for a while now," Burry said.

But The Guardian newspaper, which originally quoted Douglas in an interview with reporter Xan Brooks, is standing by its story and has published an audio recording of the exchange.

"This particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from [performing oral sex]," Douglas can be heard to say.

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