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Birthday bashed

Duchess Kate celebrated her 37th birthday with a party over the weekend at Anmer Hall, but according to Us Weekly there were two people who didn’t attend: Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.

Us reports that Kate’s pals, Emilia Jardine-Paterson and her husband David, Laura and James Meade, and Sophie and Robert Carter, attended the party, while the Sunday Express is still trying convince everyone that the feud between Meghan and Kate is still happening and their supposed truce over Christmas really didn’t happen.

But maybe, just maybe, this was simply about Kate and Will having friends over, with no family in sight. Harry and Meghan don’t have to spend every moment with the Cambridges, and perhaps they didn’t want to make the trip out to Anmer Hall. They are kind of busy after all, what with preparing for their move, not to mention the arrival of Baby Sussex. Just because the couples aren’t hanging out constantly does not mean the Duchesses have a hate-on for each other. Can everyone stop pitting them against one another? Because that would be lovely.

James Middleton shared his story about his battle with depression and it’s heartbreaking

The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton, opened up for the first time about his depression. He recounted what it was like before he sought treatment a little over a year ago and anyone who suffers from it or knows anyone coping with it will totally get it.

“During the day I’d drag myself up and go to work, then just stare with glazed eyes at my computer screen, willing the hours to tick by so I could drive home again,” Middleton wrote in an op-ed in the Daily Mail. “Debilitating inertia gripped me. I couldn’t respond to the simplest message so I didn’t open my emails. I couldn’t communicate, even with those I loved best: my family and close friends.”

He continued: “I know I’m richly blessed and live a privileged life. But it did not make me immune to depression. It is tricky to describe the condition. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, a cancer of the mind.”

Middleton further explained that he felt completely alone in his feelings, didn’t tell his family about what he was going through, and even contemplated taking his life. But after a few months, he decided he needed to do something.

“I packed my dogs into my car and, telling no one where I was going, drove to a wild part of the Lake District I’ve loved since I was a child.”

He said it was on “solitary walks on snow-capped mountains” where he was able to find some peace.

“In the days before, I’d finally confronted the fact that I couldn’t cope any longer, that I wasn’t all right; that I desperately needed help,” James continued. “And this recognition led to a sort of calm: I knew if I accepted help there would be hope. It was a tiny spark of light in the darkness.”

James added that he’s speaking out about his experience to help break the stigma associated with mental illness, acknowledging that Kate, William and Harry are great examples of that.

“They believe we can only tackle the stigma associated with mental illness if we have the courage to change the national conversation, to expel its negative associations,” Middleton explained, adding that his dogs are helping immensely with his recovery. Now that his Instagram account is public, we can see just how much.

 

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“I recognize, too, the role my dogs — Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel — have played in my recovery,” he said. “Ella, particularly, has been my constant companion for ten years and she’s been with me to all my therapy sessions. In her own particular way, she has kept me going.” Keep it up, James. (And Ella and the rest of the canines.)

 

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R. Kelly’s attorney denied all sexual abuse allegations, argh

Surviving R. Kelly was an awakening for many, confirmation for others. But R. Kelly‘s attorney has stated his client strongly denies the sexual abuse allegations, calling the docuseries “disgusting” and that the producers told “disgruntled” women to say incriminating things about him.

“Some producer went running around and solicited all these people, did a Jerry Springer-esque show and there is all this uproar,” Steve Greenberg claimed in the taped interview with the Associated Press, adding that neither he nor Kelly even watched the doc. “The series is trash TV. There’s no reason to watch the series.”

The producers, on the other hand, told People: “We are enormously proud of the series. The powerful stories from the women in the documentary speak for themselves. Their honesty and candor has resonated with millions of viewers.”

Greenberg added, “The allegations aren’t true, because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman. He never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”

Uh-huh. While no charges have been brought to Kelly in Chicago, where he keeps a home, he is being investigated in Georgia, where he is accused of keeping a woman against her will. Hopefully justice will be done. Everywhere.

Rami Malek denies feud between him and Nicole Kidman exists

It’s been just over a week since Bohemian Rhapsody won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, but Rami Malek‘s awkward moment on-stage with presenter Nicole Kidman has overshadowed Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

“She’s been a friend for a long time, and that’s why the whole thing I find absolutely ridiculous and hilarious,” Malek told ET Online. “But I’m having a laugh about it all.”

If you remember, Malek approached Kidman, who presented the award, but she appeared to turn her back as he approached her to shake hands.

“I got up there, and I was in such a daze I don’t even know how I put together a collection of words that sounded coherent,” Malek recalled. “So the fact that I knew Nicole [was there], I was like, ‘Oh, here’s a bit of safety.’ And then she just didn’t see me. It was as simple as that.”

He added, “I love Nicole. I admire her and respect her. She is so down-to-earth and so cool.”

Fast-forward to Sunday night’s Critics Choice Awards and these two couldn’t be closer. Nothing to see here, people. Their friendship is about as strained as Chrissy Metz and Alison Brie‘s.

The Rock denied an interview “bashing snowflakes” ever happened

In an ‘interview’ with The Daily Star, Dwayne Johnson said “generation snowflake” is too easily offended. That sent millennials everywhere into a bit of an uproar. But don’t believe everything you read. Turns out, the interview was as real as those paparazzi photos of Thomas Markle that came out a week before the royal wedding.

You smell what The Rock is cooking? Daily Star, you should be ashamed of yourselves.