Princess Märtha 'stuck in depression' following death of Ari Behn

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway says she was ‘stuck in a pit of depressionfollowing death of ex-husband Ari Behn who took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019

  • Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has opened up about death of her ex-husband
  • Ari Behn, a successful author, tragically took his own life on Christmas Day 2019
  • Mother expressed sadness that her children lost their father at such a young age
  • Said grief is like having ‘tunnel visionand that she fell into a ‘pit of depression
  • Princess Märtha Louise of Norway says she fell into a ‘pit of depressieafter the death her ex-husband Ari Behn two years ago.

    Mr Behn, an author who shared three daughtersMaud Angelica, 18, Leah Isadora, 16, and Emma Tallulah, 13 – with his ex-wife Princess Martha Louise, 50, took his own life on Kersfees Day in 2019.

    Speaking to former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on her Zoom O’Clock podcast, the royal said grief is like having ‘tunnel visionbut it’s important to directly tackle your emotions.

    Die koninklike, who was married to Ari in 2002 en geskei in 2017, said that while grief is something all will experience in their life, she feels sadness her children were so young when they lost their father.

    Princess Märtha Louise of Norway says she fell into a 'pit of depression' after the death her ex-husband Ari Behn two years ago. The royal is pictured with her late ex-husband in 2015

    Princess Märtha Louise of Norway says she fell into a ‘pit of depressionafter the death her ex-husband Ari Behn two years ago. The royal is pictured with her late ex-husband in 2015

    Mr Behn, an author who shared three daughters - Maud Angelica, 18, Leah Isadora, 16, and Emma Tallulah, 13 - with his ex-wife Princess Martha Louise, 50, took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019. The family are pictured following his funeral in January 2020

    Mr Behn, an author who shared three daughtersMaud Angelica, 18, Leah Isadora, 16, and Emma Tallulah, 13 – with his ex-wife Princess Martha Louise, 50, took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019. The family are pictured following his funeral in January 2020

    ‘I think it’s so important that whatever we go through as human beings, sorrow is something we all have to go through at some point in life, unfortunately my kids met it at a very young age’, sy het gese.

    ‘But we all go through it at some point and it’s really important the lessons we all learn from that, that you can’t go round it you have to go through it.

    ‘It is like having tunnel vision, it does cover everything. You can get stuck in that pit of depression, wat ek gedoen het, and you can get out of it as well.

    ‘It’s really important to talk about these things, mental health and how important it is we learn to deal with those parts of ourself too.

    The royal spoke to former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (afgebeeld in 2017)  on her Zoom O’Clock podcast. The pair have been friends for several years after meeting at a dinner in Abu Dhabi following Tessy's split from Prince Louis of Luxembourg in 2017

    The royal spoke to former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (afgebeeld in 2017) on her Zoom O’Clock podcast. The pair have been friends for several years after meeting at a dinner in Abu Dhabi following Tessy’s split from Prince Louis of Luxembourg in 2017

    Märtha Louise and ex-royal Tessy, 36, have been friends for several years after meeting at a dinner in Abu Dhabi following Tessy’s split from Prince Louis of Luxembourg in 2017.

    Princess Märtha Louise, who currently lives with her daughters in Lommedalen, in Bærum outside of Oslo, is the oldest child of His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja.

    She became engaged to Mr Behn in December 2001 and the couple were married in a lavish ceremony at the historic Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim in 2002, later deciding to move to London amid scrutiny of their marriage.

    The pair split in 2016 omdat, as Princess Märtha said, they had ‘grown apart from one anotherand were officially divorced in 2017.

    The author tragically took his own life two years later, and in the wake of his death his 18-year-old daughter Maud wrote and illustrated a poetry book titled Threads of Tears about a woman who knits her tears into a ‘fortressbecause she’s so sad.

    Ari Behn is pictured with children Princess Maud Angelica, Princess Leah Isadora and Princess Emma Tallulah in 2010

    Ari Behn is pictured with children Princess Maud Angelica, Princess Leah Isadora and Princess Emma Tallulah in 2010

    Speaking of her daughter’s literary debut, Princess Märtha said: ‘Their father died two years ago from suicide, so it’s been a big process for them to go through.

    ‘I think this has been a very positive thing for her to share with people so she could also work through her pain and all the things that she has been through with her sorrow.

    ‘It’s been such a wonderful journey to see her, all the kids and myself included, being in the real valley of sorrow and with all that entails for a long time and how exhausting physically that is, I didn’t know that until I was in it, and how she has managed to turn that into something creative and wonderful.

    ‘She’s an amazing artist and has written the poem and illustrated the book herself and how that has become a number one bestseller here and i’m really proud of how she’s turned that into an amazing [boek] to share with other people, that has been an amazing process to watch as a mum.

    In Mei 2019, the Princess announced that she was in a relationship with American self-styled shaman named Durek Verrett whose celebrity following includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev and James Van Der Beek.

    In Mei 2019, the Princess announced that she was in a relationship with American self-styled shaman named Durek Verrett whose celebrity following includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev and James Van Der Beek

    In Mei 2019, the Princess announced that she was in a relationship with American self-styled shaman named Durek Verrett whose celebrity following includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev and James Van Der Beek

    Durek, 47, is a Los Angeles-based ‘spiritual guide and gifted healer’, whose real name is Derek Verrett, and whom Princess Märtha Louise has described as her ‘twin flame’.

    ‘I met Shaman Derek three and a half years ago and it was, jy weet, when you met someone and it’s just like you come home. I just knew him already.

    ‘The first thing I said isI know you already” en hy het gesê “Yes we were destined to meet way before we were bornand I was internally rolling my eyes, but from that point it felt like we were just really old friends catching up and whenever we were together it felt like we never had enough time.

    ‘It developed into a romantic relationship and he’s the most amazing wonderful man I could ever imagine to be with, because he’s so emotionally involved.

    ‘He takes responsibility for his own emotions and we just develop together in the same direction and continue to grow together and I think that’s so beautiful.

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