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Stephen M. Silverman
December 14, 2013 07:45 AM

A gifted singer’s lifelong struggle with a mystery setback is at long last properly diagnosed, and readers respond with love and support.

Conversely, a new-generation star doesn’t quite measure up to the late screen legend she so loves to emulate.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, and angry – to wow.

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Susan Boyle’s diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome now allows her to understand why she’s long struggled in life – and readers cheered her all the more for it.

Six-pack abs? Or are those 8? Whichever, Kelly Ripa’s sizable set of stomach muscles, revealed in a Twitpic, generated a simply awesome response.

Keeping up with Elizabeth Taylor is something Kim Kardashian loves to do. Apparently, readers don’t love her for it, as this latest example proves.

After a decade of marriage, attractive couple Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have decided to call it quits, prompting sadness from readers.

Emmy Rossum’s mocking Gisele Bündchen’s multitasking mommy picture – complete with breastfeeding kid – sent waves of giggles across the Internet.

Check back again next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.

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