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Michael Douglas made a point of thanking his estranged wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, when he accepted his Emmy on Sept. 22, and he assured multiple media outlets that they were just taking "a little break," not necessarily breaking up.

Still, the couple's camp is throwing cold water on talk that they've reconciled.

"They're not back together," a source tells People. "People are getting ahead of themselves."

This week, a British tabloid claimed that Douglas, 69, and Zeta-Jones, 44, were in the process of kissing and making up.

"Michael's asked Catherine to give things another try, and she's agreed," an insider alleged to the London Sun. "It's not just for the sake of the children. When they're good, they're amazing together, so they're hammering out their issues at their home. It's good news, and Catherine is on top of the world."

Not so, according to People, which says "they're not spending time together," although they are still talking and wearing their wedding rings.

The pair, who in recent years have weathered his throat cancer and her bipolar treatment, spent their joint Sept. 25 birthdays apart.

Catherine reportedly marked the occasion with their children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10, in New York, while Michael celebrated at (stars-are-just-like-our-parents alert) an Outback steakhouse in New Mexico, where he's shooting "The Reach."


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