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Mariah Carey’s bipolar disorder struggle

Mariah Carey has discussed her experiences with bipolar disorder for the first time in an interview with US celebrity magazine People. The multimillion-selling singer said that she was first diagnosed with the disorder in 2001, when she was hospitalised for a physical and mental health breakdown: “I didn’t want to believe it.”

The singer, who is in her late 40s, said that it wasn’t until recently that

she sought treatment following “the hardest couple of years I’ve been through”. In 2014, Carey separated from husband , the rapper and TV host with whom she has twins, Moroccan and Monroe. In January 2016, , but announced in October 2016.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told the magazine. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that any more. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

Carey said that she was currently in “a really good place”, and hoped that talking about her experiences would help change perceptions of the disorder. “I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”

The sultan of snub: Mark Knopfler

British rockers Dire Straits have been inducted into the rock’n’roll hall of fame, but the occasion was marked without its lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler, who chose not to turn up to the ceremony. Knopfler skipped the concert in Cleveland, US, on Saturday, and it was left to bassist John Illsley to explain his absence. “I’ll assure you it’s a personal thing,” Illsley said onstage. “Let’s just leave it at that.”

In an earlier interview with Billboard, Illsey said of Knopfler: “He just didn’t feel like coming, it’s as simple as that. It just didn’t appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions.” On Saturday, Illsley acknowledged the awkwardness of Knopfler not being present and then took a subtle swipe at his close friend by saying, “it’s more than one person, a collective”. The band did not perform after speaking.

Illsley did compliment Knopfler for writing music that made the band — who had a string of hits in 1970s and 80s, including Sultans Of Swing and Money For Nothing — “stand out from the crowd”. Former Bon Jovi members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such joined current members, including Jon Bon Jovi, onstage to mark the band’s induction into the prestigious club. They performed crowd favourites Livin’ on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name and It’s My Life.

Netflix pulls out of Cannes film fest

Netflix will not bring any films to this year’s Cannes film festival after a new rule change. In an interview with Variety, the company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said Netflix will not change its release strategy after Cannes insisted competing titles at the festival receive theatrical distribution in France. Of the company pulling out, Sarandos said: “It was not our decision to make.” Last year, Netflix brought Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories to the Croisette, which led to protests from French cinema owners. French law states that movies cannot be available on home platforms for 36 months after being shown in cinemas. This would directly conflict with Netflix’s day-on-date release for their films.

This year, Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s artistic director, imposed a ban on movies competing for the main prizes without a theatrical release. Sarandos called the decision “completely contrary to the spirit of any film festival in the world”. Although Netflix could show films out of competition, Sarandos has claimed it would be unlikely. “We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” he said.

 
 
 
 
 

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