Catherine Zeta-Jones quit living in Hollywood for the sake of her children.
The Welsh actress – who lives in Bermuda and New York with her actor husband Michael Douglas and their children, nine-year-old son Dylan and six-year-old-daughter Carys – was so frustrated with the constant paparazzi presence she gave up her glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle to focus on her family life.
She said: “When you live in Los Angeles you can’t go anywhere without being critiqued – on your purse or the fact that you have gained weight or that you have got spots on your face.
“That’s not the life I want. Deciding to live in beautiful Bermuda was the healthiest thing Michael and I ever did. Now that I have kids, that’s what my life is about.”
Catherine is also not concerned about turning 40 this Thursday – the same day her husband turns 65 – because she doesn’t feel old.
The actress said: “I feel much younger than I am. When you are 10 or 20, 40 looks really old. When I was nearing 30 that seemed like a major milestone.”
The couple are due to celebrate their milestone birthdays at an intimate party for family and close friends at a top New York restaurant.