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Michael Douglas Talks About His Son's Dyslexia- 'I Am Consumed With Being A Father'

Mon, October 4, 2010 10:39am EDT by 3 Comments

The movie star is dealing with his own personal battle against cancer, but Michael Douglas’ number one priority is his family and being a supportive father.

Michael Douglas, 66, has a lot going on in his life — a recent move from Bermuda to New York City, a hit movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and an intense battle with stage four throat cancer. And in a new interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, Michael — who said recently that he relocated to Manhattan so that his 10-year-old, Dylan, could attend a special school — explains his son’s special needs. “My son deals with dyslexia to a degree — it runs in the family and my brother has it,” he admits. “He goes to a special school.”

With all these things to focus on, Michael’s priority is his family, wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 41, Dylan and daughter Carys, 7. “I’m not driven like I once was — these days I am consumed with being a father and with my responsibilities as a husband,” he says. “I never anticipated starting a family at my age. I’m genuinely happy to let Catherine work, while I stay at home with the children. I cherish this time.”

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Dylan and Carys are adjusting to life in the city and Michael is there to help them get through the transition. “The kids recently started new schools, which means having to make new friends. I like to get them up in the morning and get them ready for school,” Michael says. “I make them breakfast, and we talk about their day. I like to know who their friends are. I can see the tightness of the bond we feel and the security they have. It is tremendous, unequivocal love with no judgment, and that is the best feeling in the world.”

–Leigh Blickley