Princess Martha Louise reveals family snaps from Christmas
Princess Martha Louise of Norway reveals she spent Christmas with boyfriend Shaman Durek and says it was full of ‘love’ and ‘unavoidable sadness’ as they marked anniversary of ex-husband Ari Behn’s suicide
- Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 49, revealed how family spent Christmas Day
- Ex-husband Ari Behn, an author, took his own life on Christmas Day last year
- Shared snaps of their children Maud, Leah, and Emma over the festive period
- Said they ‘welcomed happiness and love’ as well as ‘unavoidable sadness’
- Also posted a selfie with boyfriend Shaman Durek, who spend day with family
Princess Martha Louise of Norway has shared festive snaps of her family celebrating their first Christmas on the anniversary of her ex-husband Ari Behn’s suicide.
Mr Behn, an author who shared three daughters – Maud Angelica, 17, Leah Isadora, 15, and Emma Tallulah, 12 – with his ex-wife Princess Martha Louise, 49, took his own life on Christmas Day last year.
The mother-of-three shared a festive selfie with her boyfriend Shaman Durek, 49, suggesting the American spent the day with the family, as well as snaps of her three children on the day.
She commented: ‘These Holidays have been a bit different from previous years, but we have managed to catch the Holiday Spirit too.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 49, has revealed further details about how her family spent their first Christmas on the anniversary of her ex-husband Ari Behn’s suicide (pictured, with her boyfriend Shaman Durek)
In one of the snaps, Princess Martha Louise’s youngest daughter Emma, 12, could be seen stroking a horse while dressed in a festive red dress
‘One of the most important things we have discovered being a family in mourning after Ari, the father of my wonderful kids committed suicide a year ago on Christmas Day, has been to welcome love, happiness, fun and games in addition to the sadness which you can’t avoid when in mourning.
‘If being sad and delving into the sadness and mourning is breathing out, the happiness, love, embracing the Christmas Spirit and so on, is breathing in.
‘As we all know, if we only breathe out, we die. If we only breathe in, we die too.’
She continued: ‘So we need this balance of the two and to let yourself have a break from the sadness, from the mourning, the tears and the darkness, without shame or bad conscious is really important.
Meanwhile the mother-of-three also shared a selfie with teenage daughter Leah, who posted an emotional tribute to her father days ago
‘Allow yourself to feel happiness, have fun, enjoy, laugh, connect and love through hard times.
‘Mourning is tiring mentally and physically and we all need breaks without shame or bad conscience to refill our vessel.’
She added: ‘So please be kind on yourself and see yourself from the love perspective embracing the whole of you.’
Her message comes days after her fifteen-year-old daughter Leah paid tribute to her father in an emotional online message.
As well as sharing the snaps of her family, the royal said they had tried to embrace ‘happiness and love’ at Christmas alongside their ‘unavoidable sadness’ (pictured, with eldest daughter Maud)
Sharing a selfie with her 36,000 Instagram followers, Leah wrote: ‘One year ago today, my dad killed himself and it’s really been one of the hardest years of my life. But if you are alone and/or feeling lonely, I want you to know that you’re not alone!’
She went on to urge fans to seek help, posting several links to suicide prevention organisations.
Leah said: ‘I know my words can maybe not do anything, but if it can help at least one person it’s so worth it.
‘In these hard times, mental and physical health are so important!’
Princess Martha Louise’s latest post comes days after her daughter Leah, 15, paid tribute to her father a year after his death
In an emotional Instagram post, the teenager urged those who ‘feel alone’ to seek help and shared the phone number for suicide prevention services
She continued: ‘And If you are struggling; maybe you’re alone, feeling drained, depressed, feeling broken, going through a loss or even just trying to hold on, I want to say that’s it’s going to be okay.
‘I know it might seem impossible, but I promise it’s going to get better. You are going to make it. Every day you grow and you have a choice to be better.’
‘It’s okay to feel down, but you have to get up and remember who you are, who you want to be!’
Leah added: ‘And I can’t speak from your perspective, but I have been on the other side. And I can tell you that really hurts.
The youngster begged followers to seek help and said she was ‘promising it’s going to get better’ in the emotional Instagram post shared to mark her father’s death
‘I know that there is someone out there who cares for YOU and who you are. And please, if you need to talk, please reach out to someone. I know I would rather listen to your problems then attend your funeral.’
It comes after Princess Martha Louise posted a tribute to her ex-husband online.
Sharing a post of a festive tree ornament last night on Instagram, the royal said her family had marked ‘a very different’ Christmas, saying: ‘We celebrated his life today, we cried over his loss and how much we miss him. It has been a day of loving whatever is.’
The mother-of-three urged her followers to ‘ask for help’ if they were struggling, adding: ‘I reach out to all of you who are struggling through the Holidays. Know you are loved. Know you are needed. Know you are worth the help you can get.’
Meanwhile Princess Martha also paid tribute to her ex-husband Ari Behn a year after his death (Pictured, Martha Louise and Ari Behn at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in 2015)
In the emotional post, Princess Martha wrote: ‘Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
‘This year has been a very different Holiday season because Ari, the beloved father of my three girls, is no longer among us. He chose to leave this plane last year on this day. ‘
She continued: ‘LIFE hits us all. We can’t avoid it. We have to meet it. Please ask for help. Please express how you are. You are loved.’
Weeks ago Princess Martha’s daughter Maud Angelica, 17, paid tribute to her father in an interview.
In an emotional post, Princess Martha said the family ‘cried over his loss and how much we miss him’ on Christmas Day
Speaking to the Voici, Maud said her father was ‘someone who would stop in his tracks to chat with an acquaintance,’ and a man who was ‘genuinely interested in people’.
‘He was a generous man, who always had nice, poetic compliments to give to you,’ he was very good at that,’ she said.
Speaking of how she was processing her grief, the 17-year-old said: ‘I think it will always be a bit difficult. Of course, the pain will become less and less difficult to handle with time. But we never overcome grief. We eventually just accept it and decide to focus on life.’
After the divorce Mr Behn wrote a book Inferno, which critics described as ‘oozing with despair and sadness’ and describes his struggles with mental health, headaches, hallucinations and difficulty breathing.
Leah, pictured with her sisters Maud, Emma and Princess Marhta Louise at Ari Behn’s funeral, said the loss of her father still ‘really hurts’
Promoting the literary work last year, he told Norwegian newspaper VG: ‘I am yesterday’s news, even though the world has not yet been told. I’m a clown, at worst. At best, I am a publicist and a public actor. For many I’m a fool.’
Princess Martha Louise has since started a relationship with her ‘twin flame’ shaman Durek Verrett, 44, based in Los Angeles, who she began dating after becoming his client.
Mr Durek, who is a close friend of Gwyneth Paltrow, claims to be a 6th generation shaman and be able to communicate between the ‘physical and spiritual planes’.
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