Deciem Founder Was Reportedly Previously Hospitalized

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And diagnosed with "presumptive bipolar disorder" following a "psychotic" episode

This past year has been a tumultuous one for Deciem. At the heart of the drama involving the beauty company is founder Brandon Truaxe who, starting around April, began exhibiting erratic behavior. According to a new report, his rants and videos asking for help might be influenced by drug use and mental health.

Canada's Financial Post states that Truaxe was diagnosed with "presumptive bipolar disorder" by the St. Thomas Hospital in London in November and "held for a fortnight under the U.K. Mental Health Act" following a "psychotic" episode during which he was accosted by guards beside the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street. Truaxe apparently denies being mentally ill, and his lawyer suggested his psychosis during this incident was induced by his use of psychedelic mushrooms and crystal meth.

Truaxe admits to using drugs, as the Financial Post writes: "His youth also saw his introduction to magic mushrooms, which he said he has used often since childhood, sometimes daily, but also sometimes going months without. He said he does not seek hallucinations, but rather the period of open-minded calmness that follows a few hours after consumption."

Truaxe also admitted to taking crystal meth at least four times. "I decided I was going to use crystal meth to show people that even if I did use it, it would not affect my position," he told the Financial Post. The article continues: "He said he also started smoking 20 cigarettes a day so he could demonstrate how easily he could beat addiction with the help of magic mushrooms."

Earlier, in May, police apparently entered Truaxe's hotel room in London without permission—after Truaxe told hotel staff that he wanted to speak to a police officer—and found crystal meth and magic mushrooms. He went to the hospital and a private facility shortly after and wasn't charged.

Fans have speculated about Truaxe's behavior and well-being for the past couple of months. It was to be believed that the drama came to a head this October when Truaxe announced that Deciem was temporarily shutting down. A couple of days later, Estée Lauder (which has a minority stake in the company) hit him with a lawsuit and he was ousted as CEO. Co-CEO Nicola Kilner was appointed CEO in his place.

The brand is still around and, according to a statement given to Vox by Estée Lauder, it will hopefully continue to be around for the foreseeable future. It reads: "We remain strongly committed to Deciem, Nicola Kilner and the entire team as they continue to run their business and provide consumers with the products that they know and love."

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.