MICHAEL Douglas and Catherine-Zeta Jones‘ 13-year-old son Dylan is struggling to cope with his parents’ split.
The teen apparently begged Michael not to leave — right before the actor was spotted hauling luggage out of the family’s New York City home on Sept. 5.
Michael assured Dylan that he was only going to be away from him for a short time and that he would see him again soon, according to American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“Michael told Dylan, ‘Son, no matter what happens, I would never leave you. Never!’” a source said.
“He doesn’t quite understand everything that’s going on right now.
“Both Michael and Catherine have tried to explain to him that they’re ‘taking a break’ from one another.
“But he keeps asking ‘why’ – and he wants to know when they’ll be back together. Michael just shakes his head sadly and says, ‘I don’t know, son.’”
Catherine has put her husband on notice that she’ll fight for custody of Dylan and his sister, Carys, 10, if he files for divorce.
“Carys was also upset when her daddy left, but not as much as Dylan,” said the source.
“He and Michael have a very close bond while Carys is closer to her mother.
“Michael has already made peace with the notion of handing over a huge chunk of his fortune, but he’s telling friends Catherine will get the kids ‘over my dead body’.”
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