A.J. McLean back in rehab

A.J. McLean is trying to get clean — the pop singer has checked in to rehab.

The Backstreet Boy is dealing with substance abuse, TMZ reports. Not sure which substance, but the West Palm Beach native, 33, was in rehab twice before for alcohol and cocaine issues.

Could McLean have wedding jitters? He proposed to Rochelle Karidis last year; they have a spring wedding planned.

Another question: What is to become of the upcoming BB tour with New Kids on the Block?


Keira Knightley has lost a friend, literally. The Pirates of the Caribbean, 25, beauty has ended things with her hunky beau of five years Rupert Friend, 29. The two — who met on the set of Pride and Prejudice — split just before the holidays, confirmed Knightley’s father.


Oprah Winfrey spilled the beans to Piers Morgan, as the first guest on his CNN talk show replacing Larry King, 9 p.m. Monday.

The Big O let him on a dirty secret: In 1998 the OWN magnate seriously binged on mac-n-cheese. The reason: depression over her film Beloved tanking.

“I ate about 30 pounds worth,” Winfrey admitted.


At least one Hollywood marriage isn’t on the rocks.

In the latest Harper’s Bazaar, Trudie Styler and Sting dish about their 30 years together (married for 18) and what makes the Brits tick.

The key is communication. “It’s important to have frank discussions about what the other wants,” Styler, 57, says.

Good sex? Yup, that too. “Romantic? We like tawdry,” Sting, 59, admits.


Ailing R&B singer Etta James is gravely ill, and her husband of 41 years is seeking a California court order to control more than $1 million of her money. The At Last singer, 72, has leukemia and dementia.


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