When talking about younger women looking for older men, one prominent name comes to mind: the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones. Once one of the top Hollywood stars with blockbuster movies like “Entrapment” and “America’s Sweethearts”, she is still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. She broke a lot of young men’s hearts when she married the much older Michael Douglas at the height of her career.
The story of Catherine Zeta-Jones reads like a fairy tale. Born in Wales (UK) in 1969, she had aspirations to become an actress from an early age. Her big break came in 1991 with the British television series “The Darling Buds of May”, which made her a household name in the UK. After acting in a few British and Hollywood movies, she caught the eyes of Steven Spielberg, who recommended her for the role of the leading lady in “The Mask of Zorro” opposite Antonio Banderas. She has never had to look back since then.
With her killer looks and global stardom, she could have got any man she wanted. But she chose Michael Douglas, a man 25 years her senior. When the couple first met in August 1998, she was 29 with a skyrocketing movie career and he was 54 with his best days behind him. The attraction was instant and mutual. They initially dated secretly because Douglas was still married. In less than two years, they were married and remain happily married to this day.
Why did Catherine Zeta-Jones, who had the world at her feet, choose to date the much older Michael Douglas and what can we learn from her? She was certainly no gold digger. If she was, then their marriage wouldn’t have lasted so long. Not in the fickle and glittering world of Hollywood anyway. To be married for 18 years in Hollywood, and that with such a huge age difference, is no mean feat.
The first thing we can learn from her is that age difference is no barrier to true and lasting love. To quote the beautiful actress herself, “I do think I’m lucky I met Michael. Not just Michael Douglas the actor and producer with two Oscars on the shelf, but Michael Douglas, the love of my life. I really do think it was meant to happen.” Of course, they have their share of bad days. He has battled with throat cancer and she is suffering from bipolar disorder. But their love for each other has held them together.
Another thing younger women seeking older men can learn is that there is no shame in dating older men. Here’s another quote from the gorgeous lady: “Yes, I was in love with my husband at first sight and still am. We have the most solid relationship.” She was never afraid to admit her relationship with him. She was never afraid of being ridiculed. If you truly love a man or think that you can love him, then it doesn’t matter what anyone says.
So if you are a young woman interested in dating an older man, then don’t let your inhibitions hold you back. He may be many years older than you and he may be way past his prime, but he may be the one true love of your life, just like Michael Douglas is to Catherine Zeta-Jones.