MICHAEL Douglas has enlisted his mother-in-law to help him win back wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The actor, 69, and Catherine’s Welsh mom, Pat, have never really hit it off — but Michael bit the bullet for the sake of his two children with Catherine, son Dylan, 13, and daughter Carys, 10.
Douglas had a heart-to-heart talk with Pat before Thanksgiving, hoping that she could convince her famous daughter to give the marriage another try, according to the National Enquirer.
“Michael is desperate to save the marriage because of the kids,” said a source. “He poured out his heart to Pat and told her she had to get through to Catherine.
“Michael’s effort to stay close to Dylan and Carys throughout their separation has really impressed Pat. And if she doesn’t intervene, the couple will have no choice but to bring in the divorce lawyers after the holidays. Michael is dead-set against that. He wants a reconciliation.”
Pat, 65, was particularly moved by how Michael pitched in with the kids over the summer while Catherine, 44, was recovering from a minor setback of her bipolar II disorder.
“Michael wants to get back together with Catherine – that’s his Christmas wish,” said the insider. “He loves those kids and doesn’t want to neglect them the way he did (his jailed older son) Cameron.
“If it means hiking over to his old apartment every morning to whip up his kids’ favorite fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, that’s nothing for him.”
“He’s hoping Pat sees how hard he’s trying and she can sway Catherine to give their marriage a second chance before it’s too late.”
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