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Prince Harry Emotional After Encounter with Marine

Traditionally, the British royal family have been the model of composure and decorum but times have changed. Following the introduction of the late Princess Diana, the monarchs became more relatable. It’s no surprise that even years after her death, her sons continue to demonstrate their ability to be vulnerable, even among strangers.

Seriously wounded in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan back in 2012, 24-year-old U.S. Marine, Kirstie Ennis, somehow found the strength to embark on a 1,000-mile journey with five other people. She was supposed to have her leg amputated below the knee over the summer but postponed the surgery in order to participate in the charity walk.

Remembering the Fallen

As they made their way along the journey, the Marine left 24 dog tags around the United Kingdom. She saved a final one, in honor of Corporal Baune, for last. Their trek ended with a visit to Buckingham Palace where Ennis was greeted by Prince Harry. She pressed the treasured dog tag into the royal’s hand only to have him reply: “No, I can’t. I can’t accept this.” He was clearly moved by the moment but the pair embraced after Ennis pleaded: "Please, you know what this means to me, I want you to."

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Kendall Jenner’s Acne Hurt Self-Esteem

Teenage acne is common, as is the associated embarrassment over it but it’s always interesting to hear a celebrity open up about how they handled a rite of passage that is happening in high school classrooms and hallways across the country.

It’s hard to imagine the smooth-faced model with any blemishes on her skin but, she says that it was a struggle. In a post on her webpage, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared her experience during that tough and transitional time.

The 19-year-old wrote of her acne: “Where it really impacted me was how self-conscious I became about it. It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them. I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face.”

Most of us have lived through exactly those feelings and have done similar things. I only had a few pimples in my teen years but, one time, I was so horrified that I put a bandaid over it. Of course, my classmates accused me of trying to cover up a zit and it was even more embarrassing to try to deny it!
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Demi Lovato Felt Conflicted Over Abusive Father’s Death

Young fans caught their first glimpse of Demi Lovato when she was just a little girl on Barney and Friends. She later moved on to being a Disney darling, starring in movies such as Camp Rock and releasing music that showed that she had just as much of a talent for singing as she did for acting. Indeed, it seemed like life was pretty great for her but, unfortunately, she was suffering inside.

She has been very candid about her struggles with mental illness, addiction and body image issues but a recent interview shed light on her tumultuous childhood and the strained relationship she had with her father.

When Patrick Lovato died of cancer in 2013, the singer/actress says that she felt “conflicted” because he had been abusive. This sentiment echoes the confusing and complicated relationships many people have with their abusive parents.

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Ethan Embry Battled Addiction, Depression to Make Comeback

In his youth, Ethan Embry (also known as Ethan Randall), grew from a talented child actor into a teen heartthrob. In films such as Dutch (his debut), Empire Records and Can’t Hardly Wait, he won over audiences and seemed to solidify his future in the industry - then he disappeared. It’s been a long journey but, finally, he’s finding his way back into the profession he seems to love so much.

Spiral Into Addiction

Growing up can be really difficult for child and teen stars which is evident by the fact that so many of them struggle. As Embry said: “Having started really young, you have to constantly reinvent — more so than if you start as an adult. There’s transitional phases and the hardest one is young adult to adult and actually showing that you’re capable of artistically competing with your peers. That transition was a hard one for me that I’ve been working on for a while.”

The now 37-year-old actor has plenty of experience to draw upon. Over the last five years he has been focusing on reestablishing his career and getting sober. He explains that you don’t have to be unprofessional to be in trouble.

According to Embry: “I was never late for work, I never couldn’t work, I’ve never been arrested — I don’t know how that never happened — but I have never directly harmed anyone else with my disease, but I’m sure that who it was turning me into might have made it harder to work with me. When you lose sight of how good you have it and you become greedy and want something different, you lose what’s already been given to you. I think that’s a common action in people that drink too much. You get really selfish. I couldn’t tell you if the timing of me making changes and working more is related, but it would be silly if I didn’t think that had something to do with it.”

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Lady Gaga Opens Up About Battle with Depression

More and more celebrities are opening up about their experiences with psychological disorders. Sometimes, it's surprising to hear that someone rich and famous is struggling but the message is powerful for fans - no matter where you are in life, people from all backgrounds suffer from mental illness.

One recent example is Lady Gaga who has been sharing details about her ongoing battled with depression and anxiety. The 29-year-old superstar sat down with Billboard in an effort to help lessen the feelings of isolation that can sometimes come with emotional distress. "I've suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life," Gaga admitted. "I still suffer with it every single day."
Interestingly enough, despite how her music and videos are shared, the singer questioned whether current technology is making things worse for people. She explained: "There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated. They read all of this extremely hateful language on the Internet. The Internet is a toilet. It is. It used to be a fantastic resource - but you have to sort through sh*t to find the good stuff."
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Murder Suspect Claims to be Possessed by Jay-Z

When it comes to possible psychological disorders and crime, the details can be pretty incredible.  A ruling hasn't taken place but, currently, a court in Hawaii is trying to determine a murder suspect's fitness to stand trial and, in the process, some very unusual claims have emerged.

Jason Russell Jump, 39, is accused of attacking his landlord, James V. Johns. The victim was bludgeoned with a sharp instrument and died on December 16, 2012. As part of his defense, Jump claims that the crime occurred while he was being possessed by rap superstar, Jay-Z. The defendant has been examined by several psychologists but they have yet to reach a consensus.

The experts were given a video of Jump (filmed before the murder took place) which contained footage of the him claiming to be the "Son of Man" while complaining about stomach pain that he attributed to being possessed by the rapper and the Illuminati.

During a hearing on October 9, 2015, it was revealed that Jump told Dr. Duke Wagner that investigators should "put Jay Z in prison for the murder of James John" along with other members of the Illuminati "who've been attacking [Jump] in prison, too." The psychologist concluded by saying that, in his opinion, Jump suffers from persecutory delusional disorder and should be deemed unfit for trial.

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Sister Wives Daughter Maddie Brown Won’t Be Polygamist

Kody Brown and his four wives have been the subject of TLC’s show, Sister Wives, for years but that doesn’t mean that their expansive brood intend to follow in their footsteps. In fact, one of their children recently became engaged and has been very clear about the fact that she plans to be the only wife for her future husband.

Maddie Rose Brown, Kody’s daughter with second wife, Janelle, accepted a marriage proposal from her now-fiancé, Caleb Brush. The 19-year-old told PEOPLE: "We are making plans for a wonderful outdoor wedding, hopefully in the country.”

The 28-year-old groom-to-be sought Kody's approval before surprising Maddie during an ATV ride. He stopped at a scenic look-out point, presented the blue diamond ring and she said yes. As Maddie explained: "It was cold and we were huddled in jackets and I thought he was crazy to stop. He said to come look over here. So I walked with him to the edge. He told me he could never express how much he loved me, but he wanted to spend his life trying, and went down in one knee and pulled out a box. I started kissing him and saying, 'Yes, yes!'"

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Tyra Banks Discusses “Traumatic” Fertility Struggles

It’s difficult to juggle working and becoming a mother. For this reason, many women put off having children in order to focus on securing their career. For many, it works out but others are finding that, if they wait too long, they may miss their chance to carry a child of their own. Of course, adoption is a beautiful and loving option but some women lament over the fact that, by putting other needs first, they lost their ability to choose to have a biological child.

This is the case with Tyra Banks. Sure, we all know her from her early days on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and, of course, as a supermodel. Who hasn’t seen, at least, one episode of America’s Next Top Model? She’s created an empire and a brand but she may have missed the opportunity to create life.

In an interview with PEOPLE, the 41-year-old revealed her regret, saying: "When I turned 40, the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids. I'm like, 'Damn, the clock is ticking! I've had some not happy moments with that, very traumatic moments. It's difficult as you get older. It's not something that can just happen." The host of Tyra presents FABLife has been in a relationship with photographer, Erik Asla, for more than two years confessed to having undergone IVF treatments.

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Kris Jenner on O.J. Simpson: “I Will Always Feel Guilty”

A new documentary titled, The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story aired on September 30, 2015 and Kris Jenner (formerly Kardashian) weighed in on the trial and, what she feels, was her own inability to save a friend from domestic violence.

Incredibly, it’s been two decades since the O.J. Simpson trial but it remains a relevant topic of conversation to this day. Jenner, who was a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson continues to be haunted by the red flags she failed to see before Nicole’s murder (along with Ronald Goldman) in Los Angeles on June 12, 1994.

The couples had been close for years (the football legend was even a groomsman at their 1978 wedding) so, when O.J. was accused of killing his ex-wife, Robert Kardashian acted as an adviser to the legal team of his old friend. O.J. was eventually acquitted of the crime.

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Bindi Irwin Dances in Tribute to Late Crocodile Hunter

There was a time when the Crocodile Hunter was the most talked about personality on television. Although, many had made jokes about his death for years (since he was always surrounded by the world’s deadliest creatures), it was still a shock when it happened in 2006. He left behind his wife, Terri, and their two children, Bindi and Bob.

Since Steve Irwin’s passing, daughter, Bindi, has worked tirelessly to preserve her father’s memory despite her young age. Now, at 17-year-old, she’s a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and, this past week, her touching tribute to her father earned her the season’s first perfect 10.

In a pre-recorded segment from Monday’s episode, she said: "What shaped me the most would probably be when my dad passed away. It's been nine years and I've never really dwelled on that point. I think I'm ready to tell that story." She continued: "It took a really long time to understand what actually happened. For the rest of my life, I'll kind of feel like he's going to come home."

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