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CZJ: Diamonds ARE a girl's best friend

Dec 5 2004

Rachel Mainwaring, Wales on Sunday

 

CATHERINE Zeta Jones has revealed hubby Michael Douglas' secret seduction weapon - a big rock for every special occasion.

The Mumbles movie star reckons diamonds are the perfect way to a woman's heart. And multi-millionaire husband Michael knows it by lavishing her with a constant supply of luxurious gems.

Catherine, who wears two tiny platinum baby shoes and a solitaire emerald on a chain round her neck, revealed: "Call me old-fashioned, but nothing says 'I love you' like a big old rock.

"Jewellery represents special moments in your life - and only my husband buys it for me.

"When we were on location for Ocean's Twelve, Brad Pitt - a freak of nature, so handsome, no ego, just a sweet, great guy - asked what he should get Jennifer for their anniversary and I said, 'a beautiful ruby'. But he'd bought her jewellery before, and he said, 'Don't girls ever get bored with jewels?'. I said, 'No!'."

Michael first met Catherine at the Deauville Film Festival in 1998, when he flirtatiously told her: "I want to father your children."

But Catherine kept the Hollywood movie man waiting for nine months before she gave in to his advances.

She said: "It was wonderful, like a sexual dance, only making us want each other more. And I'm happy to say that after courting, it hasn't gone away. It's still there.

"I still flirt with my husband because you always have to nurture and protect a marriage."

And she thinks the arrival of son Dylan four years ago and daughter Carys, one, has only helped to make an already solid relationship even better.

She told US magazine Harper's Bazaar: "Children only make a marriage stronger. You think you can't love a man more, and then you see him with your kids and I feel love on a whole different hemisphere.

"Sometimes I can't believe how much I love Michael as a man, as a father, with our private little family.

"But we still have to protect our privacy. We're not parents who have the children in our bed. We put them to bed every night, but then we're not listening at the door, hoping they wake up and need us.

"As a result, my children aren't needy. We'll drop them off with my parents in Wales for a week and go on a boat trip or play golf... just have fun."

Catherine said she learned lessons from her own parents - who used to leave her and her two brothers overnight every Saturday with their grandmother to enjoy a night out.

"At some point, after all, my little babies are going to run out of the nest, and I don't want to look at Michael and say, 'Hi, remember me?."

Catherine, who also stars alongside George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts in the sequel to Ocean's Eleven, said she also learned the art of glamour, something she now relies heavily on, from her mum Pat.

Her mum always encouraged her to look her best - even if that meant putting make-up on to put the rubbish out!

She said: "My mother, who uses electric rollers once or twice a day, doesn't take out the garbage without hair and make-up. She used to say to me, 'Go put on some rouge. You look pale'. Never, 'You're not allowed to wear make-up'.

"I can't remember when I didn't wear it. Nor was I told what I couldn't wear, except miniskirts up to my crotch.

"Glamour is putting beautiful things together and wearing them naturally. People think I'm glamorous because of my lifestyle. Being married to Michael, you see me doing things most 35-year-olds probably don't - meeting US presidents, the Oscars, the yacht, having dinner with UN secretary Kofi Annan.

"I love all that, but it's frustrating being put into this 'glamour' box. I'm an actor and I love dressing up but I'm also a mother who lives in practical clothes. In fact, I can't imagine myself not being married, not having children."

And Catherine, who is currently shooting the Legend of Zorro in Mexico, is looking forward to some much-needed family time after a month of night shoots.

She said: "It's the longest stretch without seeing my kids and I miss them so much. When I finish Zorro, I'm taking time off to just be a wife and mother while Michael makes a movie."

 
 

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