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Vaughan | 13:50 UK time, Thursday, 30 April 2009

I think I've always wanted to be a gossip columnist - it's just that in the world of Ouch!, our very own Disability Bitch has her finger on the pulse of all the celeb gossip much better than I do. Still, I thought I'd give it a go. Ahem.

His name is Prince! And he is funky! But the purple-lovin' popster has also revealed that he had epilepsy as a child, until the age of seven. Like a third of people who experience epilepsy in childhood, Prince's condition disappeared as he grew older, but in an exclusive US television interview the famously flamboyant singer talked about how he tried to "compensate" for the illness by being "as noisy as I could and be as flashy as I could". So just maybe, if it hadn't been for Prince's epilepsy, we wouldn't have had Purple Rain, Kiss and, er, all the other classics that I can't quite think of at the moment.

Hmm. Okay. This isn't going so well. Let's try another celeb. How about Kerry Katona?

A few months ago, the former Atomic Kitten was all over the headlines for an appearance on ITV's This Morning, which sparked controversy because of her erratic behaviour. Kerry said it was because of the effects of the medication she was taking, and now, in a speaking engagement at the famed Oxford University Student Union, she's been talking frankly about her treatment for bipolar disorder, and feeling like she was "an alien", saying: "I didn't brush my teeth for a week. It's part of my personality".

And that's your disability-related celeb gossip round-up for this week. I don't think I'll be giving up the day job quite yet ...




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