Duchess of Cambridge’s brother James Middleton reveals he had suicidal thoughts before Kate accompanied him to therapy as he battled debilitating depression that left him unable to do ANYTHING
- James revealed that he ‘couldn’t eat or sleep’, and wouldn’t even see his family
- He had suicidal thoughts before undergoing a year of therapy to help him cope
- The entrepreneur recently became engaged to his girlfriend Alizee Thevenet
James Middleton has revealed that his sister Kate Middleton joined him at therapy sessions as he battled depression.
James, 32, revealed that he ‘couldn’t do anything’, including seeing his family while he was struggling.
He had suicidal thoughts before undergoing a year of therapy, where his mother Carol, father Michael and sister Pippa supported him.
James, 32, (pictured at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards) revealed that he ‘couldn’t do anything’, including seeing his family while he was struggling
James told The Telegraph: ‘I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t read a book, I couldn’t eat. I removed myself from everything.’
James added that everyone is ‘delighted’ at his progress and he’s now ‘pinching’ himself ‘to feel how lucky he is’.
‘The way I was a couple of years ago was about as far the other end of the scale as it could be.’
The entrepreneur recently became engaged to his French girlfriend Alizee Thevenet after a year of dating.
The entrepreneur recently became engaged to his French girlfriend Alizee Thevenet (pictured together) after a year of dating
James (pictured with Alizee) said that everyone is ‘delighted’ at his progress and he’s now ‘pinching’ himself ‘to feel how lucky I am’
Kate Middleton with younger brother James arriving at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London in 2007
In the interview he added that he is looking forward to settling down with his wife-to-be and his beloved dogs, adding that he feels he can now ‘take on anything’.
The couple announced their engagement on Instagram which showed the happy couple, with Alizee wearing a large sapphire ring surrounded by small diamonds.
James Middleton has revealed that his sister Kate Middleton (pictured) joined him at therapy sessions as he battled depression
James added that during his worst times his family members were the hardest people to talk to.
He then immersed himself in recovery and underwent nearly a year of cognitive behavioral therapy where his family attended some of the sessions.
James has previously opened up about his depression in an interview with The Mail when he said his depression was like ‘a cancer of the mind’.
He said that he suffered in silence as his mental health deteriorated and described feeling like he was a ‘complete failure’ as his depression spiraled.
The 32-year-old also struggles with dyslexia and last year was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).
He said the condition explains why he is restless, energetic and impulsive and why he starts tasks but can’t complete them.
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