Michael Douglas recently opened up about his split from Catherine Zeta-Jones, hinting it took their separation for him to realize he took his wife of 13 years "for granted."
While the Oscar winner said mistakes are permitted in life as long "as you learn from them," he also added, "first you have to admit that you made a mistake, then dealing with it is easy.
“When you are younger you care what other people think. And you take the person closest to you for granted. You waste a lot of energy on strangers to make a good impression," Michael said. "When you’re older you focus that energy on the people closest to you, on your family. And you’re courteous.”
The pair, who briefly went their separate ways last August, have weathered their fair share of ups and downs. Catherine suffers from bi-polar disorder, which she's received treatment for throughout their marriage, while Michael battled tongue cancer in 2010. The Wall Street star admitted he looks at life differently after surviving the scare.
"When you come out of the other side, you feel better, you feel really alive," the father-of-three shared. "You have all this new energy – you make up for lost time."
And Michael includes his sex life on that list! “Sexually? I am more comfortable in my own skin now,” he revealed to the U.K.'s The Sun on Sunday.