New York: Catherine Zeta-Jones has said that she wants the spotlight off her bi-polar diagnosis.
“You know what, I’m sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Friday.
“I never wanted this to come out publicly,” she said.
The Oscar and Tony award winner, married to actor Michael Douglas, revealed last year that she suffered from Bipolar II Disorder – also known as manic depression – after watching her hubby fight throat cancer.
“After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay,” her spokeswoman Cece Yorke said in an April 2011 statement.
“She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films,” the publicist said at the time.
The surprise admission came the same day a National Enquirer cover story claimed the actress spent five days at Connecticut’s Silver Hill Hospital, a high-end facility specializing in psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.
“After Michael had his cancer, and I had my issues, I had to like stop for a moment,” Zeta-Jones said.
She said she felt honesty was the best approach.
“It came out. And so I dealt with it in the best way I could, and that was just saying that, ‘Look, hey, I’m bipolar,’” she said.
“Everyone has things going on, and we deal with them the best we can.
“We can’t jump from the rooftops shouting, ‘I have this, look at me! Victim!’ No. We all have issues in life, and I’m really happy that I have great friends, great support. And that’s all I can do,” she added.