Princess Martha Louise of Norway says she fell into ‘a pit of depression’ after her ex-husband died

Princess Martha Louise of Norway has explained how she coped with the sudden death of her ex-husband Ari Behn.

The Scandinavian writer, who was among those who accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, committed suicide on Christmas Day 2019 at the age of 47.

The former couple had been married for 14 years. They divorced in 2017 and have three children.

Recently, the eldest daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja joined Tessy Antony of Nassau, the former Princess of Luxembourg, on the Zoom O’Clock podcast where she reflected on how she coped with the tragic death of Behn.


“I think it’s so important that everything that we go through as human beings, and we all go through so many different things, and grief is something that we all have to experience at some point in life.” , explained the 50-year-old woman. “Unfortunately my kids met it at a very young age. But we all go through it at some point, and I think it’s really important that the lessons we all learn from it – that you can’t get around it. , you have to go through it. “

“It’s like having tunnel vision because it covers everything,” explained Martha Louise. “You can get stuck in this grief and you can go into a pit of depression, which I did, and you can get out of it too.”

The princess described how her daughter Maud, 18, recently wrote and illustrated a book on grief called “Threads of Tears”. Martha Louise said it was “a positive thing for her to share with people so that she can overcome her pain and all the things that she has been through with her grief.”

Martha also stressed the importance of mental health awareness. Her daughter successfully pleaded for a day to be devoted to her at her school.


Wedding of Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002.
(Photo by Pool BASSIGNAC / BUU / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

After Behn’s funeral, Martha Louise took to Instagram and opened up about the loss of her former spouse.

“Dear Ari, we were supposed to be together at Christmas and party,” she captioned a smiling photo of Behn. “We were all looking forward to it. And we are infinitely sad and sorry for you alone, because you were the warm, funny, wise and good daddy of the girls they miss so much.”

“We miss the funny comments, your lovely views, the poetic tone, the overflowing compliments, the great love you had for them,” the royal continued. “Today you would have been so proud of them. But now there is a void where you were, because no one can ever replace you for our beautiful girls.”

“And it is so painful to think that you would leave the earth,” she shared. “We are all in deep sorrow and deep pain. An unseen disease was taking over you more and more, for this is when sanity fails. For a long time we have seen you gradually disappear, but we clung to the belief that it would be okay. Your family fought for you. They were there for you day and night.


Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn share three children.

Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn share three children.
(Photo by Mark Cuthbert / Julian Parker / UK Press via Getty Images)

You are and will continue to be missed deeply, Ari, “concluded Martha Louise.” And I’m sad that you never really understood how much you loved you. I hope we who stay can be good at congratulating each other and saying nice words to each other. Because we have this life to share in how happy we are for each other and what wonderful qualities we see in each other. We keep you in love, Ari, and continue with your words: every day is a party and you are a gem. “

Martha Louise is currently dating Shaman Durek, an American celebrity spiritual guru.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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