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Katy Perry feared she ‘wouldn’t live to see 2018’ during past depression battle

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Katy Perry has revealed she once feared she ‘wouldn’t live to see 2018’ after hitting rock bottom following a battle with depression.

The singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour following the poor critical and commercial reception of her fifth studio album in 2017. 

Reflecting on using medication to overcome her some of her issues, the pregnant musician, who is awaiting the arrival of her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom, said in a new interview: ‘It was like I sprained my brain and I needed crutches.’ 

'I had to go on a journey after hitting rock bottom': Pregnant Katy Perry has revealed she once feared she 'wouldn't live to see 2018' after hitting rock bottom following her depression battle

'I had to go on a journey after hitting rock bottom': Pregnant Katy Perry has revealed she once feared she 'wouldn't live to see 2018' after hitting rock bottom following her depression battle

‘I had to go on a journey after hitting rock bottom’: Pregnant Katy Perry has revealed she once feared she ‘wouldn’t live to see 2018’ after hitting rock bottom following her depression battle

The media personality has been in therapy since she was 25, but her most-recent encounter with depression was more difficult than anything she’d previously experienced. 

She told the Sunday Times: ‘I got very clinically depressed. I had always been able to skirt the issue. I was on something that my psychologist at the time recommended. It changes the chemistry of your mind. Sometimes people need a pharmaceutical crutch.

‘You are never going to change someone as much as you want to change them. I had to make the choice [to change myself] after hitting rock bottom. I had no choice but to go on this emotional, spiritual, psychological journey or I probably wouldn’t live to see 2018… I tried medication and that was really intense.

'I got very clinically depressed': The singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour (pictured in UK in June 2018)

'I got very clinically depressed': The singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour (pictured in UK in June 2018)

‘I got very clinically depressed’: The singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour (pictured in UK in June 2018)

'I've been through the journey, now I'm just enjoying the ride': The pregnant musician is awaiting the arrival of her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom

'I've been through the journey, now I'm just enjoying the ride': The pregnant musician is awaiting the arrival of her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom

‘I’ve been through the journey, now I’m just enjoying the ride’: The pregnant musician is awaiting the arrival of her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom 

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

While it is normal to feel down from time to time, people with depression may feel persistently unhappy for weeks or months on end.

Depression can affect anyone at any age and is fairly common – approximately one in ten people are likely to experience it at some point in their life. 

Depression is a genuine health condition which people cannot just ignore or ‘snap out of it’.

Symptoms and effects vary, but can include constantly feeling upset or hopeless, or losing interest in things you used to enjoy.

It can also cause physical symptoms such as problems sleeping, tiredness, having a low appetite or sex drive, and even feeling physical pain.

In extreme cases it can lead to suicidal thoughts.

Traumatic events can trigger it, and people with a family history may be more at risk.

It is important to see a doctor if you think you or someone you know has depression, as it can be managed with lifestyle changes, therapy or medication. 

Source: NHS Choices 

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‘I’ve been through the journey, now I’m just enjoying the ride. I’m [no longer] a thirsty, desperate pop star that has to reach certain numbers in order to feel worthy. The overall definition of this record [her new album Smile] is getting my smile back.’

Katy is no longer on medication, and is a fan of meditation and the Hoffman Process, which is billed as an effective treatment for depression, anger and anxiety and releasing negative emotions by using Freudian analysis.  

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time.

In a new interview, the artist admitted the couple are focusing on ‘delivering a healthy child’ as they prepare to welcome their daughter into the world next month.

Plans up in the air: Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time (pictured last year)

Plans up in the air: Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time (pictured last year)

Plans up in the air: Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time (pictured last year)

They were rumoured to have originally planned to tie the knot last winter, before postponing the ceremony – allegedly set to take place in Japan – to this summer.

Katy told The Mirror: ‘You can’t plan anymore in 2020 because those plans are ­always cancelled. 

‘We just want to ­deliver a healthy child. Everyone has to take life one week at a time right now.’ 

She echoed her comments in a recent interview with Howard Stern, detailing: ‘Obviously, that will happen in the future, but for now we just want to deliver a healthy child. And that’s what’s coming up right now!’  

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org

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George Floyd death: Cop’s lawyer says he never touched victim

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The lawyer for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged over George Floyd‘s death has claimed his client ‘only handled crowd control’ and had offered cops a hobble restraint to use during the fatal arrest.  

Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo on Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against fired officer Tou Thao for lack of probable cause. 

The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed black man. 

Chauvin had pinned Floyd down with his leg for more than eight minutes on May 25 even after he repeatedly pleaded for air.

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause'

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause'

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to ‘lack of probable cause’

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd's fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd's fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd’s fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin

Thao's attorney has claimed he only handled 'crowd control' of the incident

Thao's attorney has claimed he only handled 'crowd control' of the incident

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin. Thao’s attorney has claimed he only handled ‘crowd control’ of the incident

According to the memo, Thao had offered a hobble restraint to the other three officers, but they refused it. 

A hobble restraint is sometimes used to by police to restrain suspects by their wrists and ankles. The device limits the person’s movement while keeping them in a seated position. 

Thao then ‘immediately turned his attention to crowd control’ and kept his back to Floyd and the other officers for the majority of the remainder of the arrest, the memo said.

‘When Officer Thao turned his back to Mr Floyd and the three other officers for the last time, Mr Floyd was still alive and breathing,’ the memo said. 

‘Officer Thao did nothing to aid in the commission of a crime.’

Thao never placed his hands on Floyd, according to the memo, and asked about the status of an ambulance, radioing police dispatch to hurry up the response.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

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Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (left) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

The lawyer also argues Chauvin was using a non-deadly, Minneapolis Police Department-approved neck restraint, and that Thao and the other three officers ‘had been repeatedly trained to use neck restraints.’ 

Viral footage of the deadly police confrontation showed Thao standing on the street as Floyd was pinned to the ground behind him, struggling to breathe.

Thao was seen facing a group of bystanders who were recording the incident as they urged officers to release Floyd. 

The disturbing footage captured Floyd’s final moments, during which he gasped for air and complained to cops that he couldn’t breathe before eventually losing consciousness.

He was later taken away in an ambulance and was pronounced dead shortly after on May 25. 

Thao was fired the next day along with fellow officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane following widespread backlash over the video. 

He was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.  

Floyd's death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

Floyd's death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

Floyd’s death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

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AFL: Isaac Quaynor’s leg is split open by his opponent’s boot

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AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent’s boot stud.

The Collingwood defender came off second best when he laid a tackle on Sydney Swan small forward Sam Wicks at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday night.

Replays showed the boot of first-gamer Wicks make contact with Quaynor’s shin, where a 20cm gash instantly appeared. 

The AFL is set to probe whether Wicks’ stud boots were made from metal, which is banned by the league to protect players from such injuries.  

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent's boot stud

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent's boot stud

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent’s boot stud 

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley suggested in the post-match press conference Wicks may have been wearing screw-in metal studs on his boots.

‘Isaac actually tackled a kid whose studs sort of raked across his shin and actually split his shin, six to eight inches, completely open. It was bad luck,’ Buckley said.

‘The kid could’ve had metal studs in as well so, that was just bad luck, tackling the only kid that had that.

‘We don’t get them checked. It’s not under-12s where the umpire comes and checks all of your studs before you play,’ Buckley said. 

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

The Swans have told the AFL Wicks was wearing standard screw-in studs, but the Herald Sun reported he was wearing a hybrid boot.

The Nike Anti-Clog Traction boots Wicks reportedly wore use a combination of metal and plastic fittings in the studs.

A close up image of the small forward’s boots on the field appeared to show metal studs.

A close-up of Wicks' boot before the match

A close-up of Wicks' boot before the match

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

The AFL said it will investigate the incident on Friday. 

Collingwood went on to defeat the struggling Swans by nine points. 

Quaynor will face weeks on the sidelines.

‘That’ll be a couple of weeks (out), it’ll depend on how you can clean the wound and heal that up,’ Buckley said. 

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Bombproof luxury penthouse in MI6 HQ goes on sale for £5.5m

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A stunning penthouse that was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War and which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, has hit the market for £5.5 million.

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, boasts three bedrooms, four bathrooms and its very own library.

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, the property was once the home of Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming – the head of MI6 during the First World War and the inspiration for James Bond’s infamous boss ‘M’ in the original novels by Ian Fleming.

A step inside the Victorian property, which sits opposite the Ministry of Defence, reveals two reception rooms and an open plan dining room and kitchen.

The stunning penthouse located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London has hit the market for £5.5 million

The stunning penthouse located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London has hit the market for £5.5 million

The stunning penthouse located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London has hit the market for £5.5 million

A step inside the luxury apartment, which was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War, reveals a spacious sitting room complete with wooden flooring

A step inside the luxury apartment, which was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War, reveals a spacious sitting room complete with wooden flooring

A step inside the luxury apartment, which was the former MI6 headquarters during the First World War, reveals a spacious sitting room complete with wooden flooring

The apartment, which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, also has an open plan dining room and kitchen

The apartment, which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, also has an open plan dining room and kitchen

The apartment, which recently made an appearance in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, also has an open plan dining room and kitchen

The apartment also features a principal ensuite bedroom that comes with wooden flooring and two further ensuite bedrooms

The unique penthouse, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor of the building and has a 24-hour porter and lift service.

A step onto the top floor of the property reveals a separate library while the ninth floor features a walk-in-wardrobe.

The building, which still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war, is within walking distance from Embankment Underground Station and offers spectacular views across Whitehall and the city skyline.

It is also provides easy access to the Royal Opera House, The National Portrait Gallery and Covent Garden Piazza 

During the early 1900s, the British government grew increasingly concerned about the threat Germany posed on the nation and the former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith ordered the Committee of Imperial Defence to look into the matter. 

After the committee established the Secret Service Bureau in 1909, the organisation was split into Home and Foreign Sections and former naval officer Sir Mansfield Cumming was chosen to lead the foreign section.

A step inside the luxury property, which is currently on the market for £5.5 million, reveals a principal ensuite bedroom

A step inside the luxury property, which is currently on the market for £5.5 million, reveals a principal ensuite bedroom

A step inside the luxury property, which is currently on the market for £5.5 million, reveals a principal ensuite bedroom

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, also boats a large seating area

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, also boats a large seating area

The 4,144 square-foot property, located over the top three floors of the prominent Whitehall Court in central London, also boats a large seating area 

Sitting just a stone's throw away from the River Thames, the luxury property still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war

Sitting just a stone's throw away from the River Thames, the luxury property still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, the luxury property still has the black beams and specially-hardened flooring installed by the Secret Services during the war

The property also comes with two further ensuite bedrooms

The property also comes with two further ensuite bedrooms

The bombproof apartment, which is just a short walk away from the West End, comes with one principle ensuite bedroom and two further ensuite bedrooms

The unique property in central London, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor

The unique property in central London, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor

The unique property in central London, which was built in 1887, also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace on the eighth floor 

The four bathrooms inside the luxury property in central London come with wooden flooring and a shower and bath

The four bathrooms inside the luxury property in central London come with wooden flooring and a shower and bath

The four bathrooms inside the luxury property in central London come with wooden flooring and a shower and bath 

At first the Foreign and Home Sections shared an office but Sir Mansfield later decided to move his department to Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road.

In 1911, the Section was moved again to Sir Mansfield’s home in Whitehall Court.

A history of MI6 and its first head Sir Mansfield Smith- Cummings 

During the early 1900s, the British government grew increasingly concerned about the threat Germany posed on the nation.

Following scare stories that German spies were targeting the country, the former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith ordered the Committee of Imperial Defence to look into the matter and the Secret Service Bureau was established in 1909.   

The bureau was split into Home and Foreign Sections and former naval officer Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming was chosen to lead the foreign section.  

At first the Foreign and Home Sections shared an office but Sir Mansfield later decided to move his department to Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road.

In 1911, the Section was moved again to Sir Mansfield’s home in Whitehall Court.

Following the outbreak of the First World War with Germany, the Foreign Section worked closely with Military Intelligence and even adopted the cover of MI1, part of the War Office. 

The use of ‘MI6’, meaning Military Intelligence, Section 6, began during the Second World War as a flag of convenience. 

Source: Secret Intelligence Service 

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Following the outbreak of the First World War with Germany in 1914, the Foreign Section worked closely with Military Intelligence and in 1916 even adopted the cover of MI1, part of the War Office.

It is believed that the origins of the term ‘MI6’, meaning Military Intelligence, Section 6, began during the Second World War when the abbreviation was adopted as a flag of convenience.  

During his years inside the bombproof luxury apartment, Sir Mansfield, who was born in 1959, would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret property.  

The former British naval office once wrote about the hidden location in his secret service memos.

In the memo the former MI6 head wrote: ‘Been here five weeks.

‘Absolutely cut off in the eaves from everyone while here and cannot give my address out or be telephoned to under my own name.

‘One of my colleagues asked me if I should object to his moving into a flat next door, but I told him that I thought it would interfere with my privacy and secrecy in my own flat and I told him not to go forward with any such scheme.’          

The flat was so secret, it even had a bogus Post Office address and posed as a shipping company.

The home was also where former spies created invisible ink, pens containing poison and bombs disguised as rats.

Despite the building being used during the First World War to spy on Russians, it has been claimed that the country’s First Deputy Minister, Igor Shuvalov, now owns two homes in the building worth £11.4million.    

The pad, which is now on sale with Beauchamp Estates, was designed by architects Thomas Archer and A Green, who built a range of churches and estates across the UK during the baroque period. 

Gary Hersham, Founding Director said: ‘Who doesn’t love the excitement and glamour of the Secret Services, spies, gadgets and James Bond?

‘Whitehall Court, with its Blue Plaque denoting the founding home of the British secret service is located in the heart of the government quarter and, within it, this unique penthouse, located in the eaves of the building, helps to shine a spotlight on the thrilling history of the Secret Service and the 007-style agents.’

The property, which was built in 1887 and also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace, provides spectacular views of Whitehall and the capital's skyline

The property, which was built in 1887 and also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace, provides spectacular views of Whitehall and the capital's skyline

The property, which was built in 1887 and also provides access to a 53 square foot roof terrace, provides spectacular views of Whitehall and the capital’s skyline

The luxury building which is currently on the market for £5.5 million also comes with a 24-hour porter and lift service

The luxury building which is currently on the market for £5.5 million also comes with a 24-hour porter and lift service

The luxury building which is currently on the market for £5.5 million also comes with a 24-hour porter and lift service

Sir Mansfield (pictured) would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret location

Sir Mansfield (pictured) would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret location

Sir Mansfield (pictured) would brief his staff on the eighth floor of the building and only the most senior spies knew of the top secret location

Sir Mansfield first worked from Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road before moving his section to his home in Whitehall Court in 1911. Pictured: The former MI6 headquarters in Whitehall Court in the 1990s

Sir Mansfield first worked from Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road before moving his section to his home in Whitehall Court in 1911. Pictured: The former MI6 headquarters in Whitehall Court in the 1990s

Sir Mansfield first worked from Ashley Mansions in Vauxhall Bridge Road before moving his section to his home in Whitehall Court in 1911. Pictured: The former MI6 headquarters in Whitehall Court in the 1990s

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