Mindy McCready was hospitalized Tuesday, but her spokesman denies widespread reports that the troubled country star took a drug overdose. The rep claims the singer suffered a bad reaction to painkillers prescribed for a broken toe. McCredy took four Darvocets, then had some discussion with her mother, Teri, in whose Florida home McCready is staying. Teri "overreacted" and called 911, said the rep. Audio of the call shows that Teri McCready said, "My daughter has just taken an overdose" and adding, "You've taken too many pills for me to handle this." McCready was taken to Florida's Cape Coral Hospital, where she was said to be in good condition Tuesday afternoon. Later in the day, her brother said McCready had been released and returned home, and, he said in an email, "It was by far over a huge exaggeration." But there may be a reason for Teri's "overreaction -- she and Mindy are currently battling in court over custody of Mindy's 4-year-old son, Zander. According to court papers released last week, to bolster her custody bid, McCready underwent drug and alcohol evaluations as well as psychological assessments. She reportedly passed them al "with flying colors." In 2008, McCready was hospitalized after slicing her wrists and taking pills while intoxicated.
Rap mogul Suge Knight has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from a Los Angeles man who says he was threatened last Friday. Legal documents say that the man claims Knight "had eight guys come to my house and told them to get me or kill me." Knight was arrested Thursday morning for assault with a deadly weapon, but it's unclear whether the man who says he was threatened was involved int he earlier incident. The man does say Knight later told him "he was out now and going to take my life." Knight is due back in court on June 8.
A photo of Gwen Stafani cradling her tummy while wearing slightly loose clothing, left, unleashed a tide of speculation that she might be expecting an addition to the family. One blog even speculated, "Will it be a girl this time?" But a rep for the star tells E! News that Stefani is not pregnant. She and husband Gavin Rossdale already have two sons, Kingston, who will be 4 this weekend, and 21-month-old Zuma.
In an interview in the new issue of Esquire, Tom Cruise says he runs the plot of his new movies past his oddly precocious 4-year-old daughter, Suri. "I'll put Suri on a swing and tell her stories when I'm working on a script," Cruise says. "I'll start with the beginning of the movie and take her through the story beat by beat. Of course, I make it age-appropriate. She's four years old. But she asks all the right questions: 'Why does that happen?' 'Those are the bad guys?' 'You're the good guy, right?'" About his wife, Katie Holmes, he says, "You know, I'm married to such a special woman. Every night before we go to sleep, Kate and I look at each other and it's like, 'How'd we do today?'" He also looks back on one of the low points of his career, the couch-jumping episode on Oprah. "Afterward, wild things were being said about me, and once they're in the ether, there's nothing you can do about it. It felt like being the new kid in the schoolyard again and the other kids are whispering and whispering about you and suddenly you hear what they're saying, and you think, What? That didn't happen. Look at the reality of the situation."
In a "Nightline" interview aired Tuesday, Jesse James says he and soon-to-be-ex-wife Sandra Bullock grew closer than ever between the time they adopted baby Louis on New Year's Day and in March, when his cheating ways were exposed. "To see her in the role as mother is, like, one of the most amazing things I've ever seen," he told Nightline. "She is like a fish to water. ... As soon as she put that baby into her hands, it was automatic and amazing. ... I found a new trust for her, like I knew she wasn't going to leave, and our relationship blossomed." James said that seeing the photo of Bullock with her son on the cover of People magazine in April "made me sad, but I realize why things have to be done in a certain way," he says, pointing out that adoption agencies could be critical of him as a father in light of recent events.
Paula Abdul is doing everything she can to make a spectacular return to the "Americaqn Idol" set tonight for the show's season finale and a farewell to judge Simon Cowell. Abdul was spotted arriving at the Lloyd Klein House of Couture, which has designed red carpet dresses for Eva Longoria, Kate Beckinsale and Renee Zellweger. Abdul taped a segment for a "Simon Farewell" package that will run during the finale.
Speaking of Idol, join us back here tonight from 8 to 10:07 p.m. tonight as we watch and discuss the finale as it happens. Expect a reprise of Gen. Larry Platt's catchy "Pants on the Ground," as well as appearances by other colorful auditioners. Reports say that performers will include former Idols Elliot Yamin, Michael Johns, Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks and Carrie Underwood, (missing: Adam Lambert) and non-Idols, such as Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Hall and Oates, Chicago and The Bee Gees are said to be ready to appear. The two finalists are said to be set up for star duets -- Crystal Bowersox with Melissa Etheridge and Lee with Joe Cocker. Join us back here tonight to see the winner and much more!
-- Anne Neville
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