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Sinking feeling: Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has revealed his battle against depression in his book

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The Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe says he has spent much of his life battling "crippling depression", and often drank huge amounts of alcohol to manage his moods.

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Only weeks after it began in May, Cheryl Cole was dropped as a judge from US X Factor. She's now revealed what happened with music mogul Cowell after she heard the news.

Slum life on Johnson prize list

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Rod Stewart: Women threw themselves at me so much, I became bored of sex

A case of so many women, too little time.

Rod Stewart has revealed that he got tired and bored of sex because so many women threw themselves at him at the height of his fame.

Actor and comedian David Walliams will be editing The Independent and sister paper i in aid of Sport Relief

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