WORLD EXCLUSIVE COVER STORY: DOUGLAS FIGHTS TO SAVE TROUBLED EX

MICHAEL DOUGLAS’ big heart is sabotaging his chances of salvaging his broken marriage to CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, sources tell The ENQUIRER in a World Exclusive.

The “Last Vegas” star swooped in to help his troubled ex-girlfriend, pretty “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, as she struggled with an addiction to booze – but Michael’s estranged wife was said to be none too happy about it.

“Michael’s bighearted goodwill gesture toward Elizabeth could backfire,” warned a close source.

“When Catherine heard about it, she instantly became jealous and went ballistic.”

Michael and Catherine confirmed in August what The ENQUIRER had been reporting for months – that the superstar couple had split after 12 years of marriage and two kids, son Dylan, 13, and daughter Carys, 10.

Sources say they’ve been trying to reconcile for the sake of their children – but as Vargas battled her demons, Michael supported her, convincing the 51-year-old brunette to seek professional help.

And that apparently set off Catherine because Michael and Elizabeth – who’s been married to singer Marc Cohn since 2002 — carried on a steamy romance after the Oscar winner split from his first wife Diandra.

It’s another Hollywood tale of love and addiction, and The ENQUIRER has all of the juicy details. So pick up our latest issue today!

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