Michael Douglas On His Marriage With Catherine Zeta-Jones: ‘We Are Fine’

Despite taking a “temporary separation” with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, actor Michael Douglas insists that his 12-year marriage to the Oscar-winning actress is okay.

Speaking with the Berlin press while promoting HBO’s Behind the Candelabra Monday, the 68-year-old actor denies any claims of a “crisis” at home.

“I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis. We, we are fine. My wife and I are, are fine. We take a temporary separation, but the press, it gives you stuff to write about,” he tells reporters.

News of the split first broke in August when PEOPLE magazine published a cover announcing the separation.

They’re taking a break,” a source told the publication. “The stress has taken a toll on their marriage.”

Since marrying at the Plaza in 2000, the couple has faced numerous personal battles, including Douglas’ battle with throat cancer in 2010 and Zeta-Jones’ recent diagnosis with Bipolar II disorder.  Douglas’ son from a previous marriage, Cameron, is also serving a 10-year jail sentence for drug possession.

Zeta-Jones, 43, has two children with Douglas: Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.