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Bruce Springsteen talks about how depression left him 'crushed'

Los Angeles Times

With more than 500 pages to work with in his upcoming autobiography, "Born to Run," legendary rock artist Bruce Springsteen found room to speak about both his continued struggles with depression as well as the shadow mental illness has cast over his life. "I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four," Springsteen details in his book. Springsteen expounds on mental illness, both his own and within his extended family, in the cover story of October's Vanity Fair, describing his own depression as "a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track," at which point wife Patti Scialfa will step in and make sure he's seen by his doctor. "If I'm being honest, I'm not completely comfortable with that part of the book, but that's O.K.," Scialfa told Vanity Fair regarding her husband's transparency about his depression. "He approached the book the way he would approach writing a song, and a lot of times, you solve something that you're trying to figure out through the process of writing -- you bring something home to yourself."

Real love: Mary J. Blige and Maxwell are touring together this fall

Los Angeles Times

That's how Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are referred to in the billing for a joint North American tour the veteran R&B stars will mount this fall. And given each singer's deep catalog of love songs -- the happy kind, the sad kind and all the kinds in between -- the description seems apt. Announced Wednesday, the tour -- which follows a string of European dates for the two -- is set to begin Nov. 5 in Baltimore and stop in cities such as New York, Toronto and Dallas before wrapping Dec. 14 in Chicago. Blige and Maxwell will play the Forum in Inglewood on Dec. 6. Tickets for most shows (including the Forum) go on sale Friday.

Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears do what they want at the mall because they're big celebrities

Los Angeles Times

For Ellen DeGeneres, being a Very Famous Celebrity means doing whatever you want at the mall. Spears was the reluctant one during a recent trip to Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, where DeGeneres tried to show her what it means to be famous: Park where you want, eat what you want, sleep where you want and take what you want. No need to pay, you're rich and famous! Welcome to the world of spontaneous 100% discounts. Get with the program, Brit-Brit.

Zendaya says grocery clerk hassled her because of her 'skin tone' during gift-card purchase

Los Angeles Times

Zendaya says a grocery store clerk hassled her over a 400 gift-card purchase -- and she and a friend got the vibe that their skin color had something to do with it. The "Spider-Man: Revolution" star said Tuesday that she understood there were rules and limits with buying gift cards and had agreed to purchase a lower amount than she'd planned, but noted, "The lady that was helping us, I don't think she was a huge fan of our skin tone." A Vons spokesman said Wednesday that those rules and limits were the issue, not race. The clerk was rude, the 20-year-old and her guy friend said on Snapchat in multiple videos that appeared to be shot from the parking lot of the store Tuesday. "In fact, I recall her not trying to help us at all, saying that we couldn't buy the gift cards, and then throwing my wallet ...," Zendaya said.

Revisiting the controversial remarks of Kanye West's fashion collaborator Vanessa Beecroft

Los Angeles Times

Some magazine stories are read in the same way horror movies are watched: Nervously, through your fingers, while imploring the main character not to open the closet door. Such is the case with Amy Larocca's recent New York magazine profile of Vanessa Beecroft, the Italian British performance artist and Kanye West collaborator, in which the now L.A.-based artist offers a series of squirm-worthy observations on race. "I have divided my personality. There is Vanessa Beecroft as a European white female, and then there is Vanessa Beecroft as Kanye, an African-American male." "I had wanted to move to the States because of the presence of African-Americans.