Sideshow: McCready had left rehab

Harry Styles puts up a brave front post-Taylor Swift.
Harry Styles puts up a brave front post-Taylor Swift.
Posted: February 20, 2013

Mindy McCready's suicide might have been avoided had she been prevented from leaving court-ordered rehab after only 18 hours, says her son Zander's father, ex-bf Billy McKnight. McCready, he says, threatened suicide after facing two major setbacks earlier this month, including the suicide death of her longtime partner David Wilson, who is the father of her youngest son, Zayne. McCready, who found Wilson as he was taking his last breaths, told NBC's Today at the time, "I just keep telling myself that the more suffering that I go through, the greater character I'll have." McKnight said the crushing effect of Wilson's death and her struggle with substance abuse were compounded when McCready was compelled to give her sons up to foster care and enter rehab.

Celebs mourn Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready's death Sunday of an apparent suicide has hit a number of her friends in country music hard, including Wynonna Judd. "Mindy. Dear sweet girl. This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life," she tweets. "This is just so Unbelievable & so sad. . . . Sleep in Heavenly peace."       

Harry Styles, post-Swift

Can any man survive alone after having been bathed in Taylor Swift's love? So many have had to! The latest, Harry Styles, puts on a brave face. "I'm OK, thank you for asking," Styles on Sunday told a London radio station. "I'm good." Even though Swift dissed him at the Grammys by singing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"?

Styles, 19, whose musical stylings with boy band One Direction apparently have sold well, was gracious. "She's a great performer and she always performs great," he said. "It was just another good Taylor Swift performance."

Rihanna injured in London

Rihanna-watchers are so concerned about her reconciliation with convicted assailant Chris Brown, they're counting her every step. Thus this report from London's Daily Mail: The 24-year-old Barbadian stunner on Sunday suffered a bloody cut knee outside a London club.

Seems an anti-Brownian threw a bottle of the yummy drink Lucozade at R for dating the warbler. She dodged it, but fell into a metal shop grate.

Yoko rocks out on her 80th

Happy b-day to John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, who turned 80 on Monday. The most controversial female pal to a prophet since Mary Magdalene, Ono celebrated Sunday by rocking a Berlin theater with her group, Plastic Ono Band, which was led by her son Sean Ono Lennon. They were joined by Peaches, Michael Stipe, Robyn Hitchcock, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Stephen Spiro, the cop who arrested John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman, is selling four letters Chapman wrote to him for $75,000 via L.A. auction house Moments in Time. . . . The Writers Guild movie awards go to two CIA movies: The Ben Affleck-helmed Argo for adapted screenplay, and director Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty for original screenplay. . . . The Twitter spat between Justin Bieber and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney continues. I'd list specifics, but it's all so ludicrous it'd be a waste of time. . . . Transformers star Josh Duhamel, 40, and his wife, Black Eyed Peas beauty Fergie, 37, on Monday said they're expecting their first baby. . . . Reality TV loving duo Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca of Survivor and The Amazing Race fame tell People they are splitting up after a 10-year relationship.

Michael Jackson's son gets a job

Michael Jackson's son, Prince Michael Jackson, 16, has been hired as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight!

"I've been raised around stuff like this so it was different being the interviewer instead of the one being interviewed," he says in a statement. His first assignment: To chat with Hollywood heavyweights James Franco, Zach Braff, and Sam Raimi about their new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful.

Dave Matthews Band tour

 The Dave Matthews Band will kick off its new tour May 17 in Texas and hit the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden for two shows June 28 and 29. Online presale for members of the Warehouse fan association begins Thursday. Tix go on sale to the public March 22. Info: 1-800-745-3000 or www.Ticketmaster.com.

Lil Wayne: NBA banned me!

Another scandal involving Lil Wayne's big mouth! The hip-hopster last week outraged many by posting a song containing filthy lyrics about murdered 1950s teen Emmett Till. Now he's going after the NBA. Lil last week was ejected from a Miami Heat game for allegedly threatening a fan. And he wasn't invited to the NBA All-Star Game this weekend.

He says he has been blacklisted by the league in retaliation for having sex with Heat player Chris Bosh' wife, Adrienne Williams Bosh. In an expletive-filled rant posted by TMZ, Lil disses NBA stars, including Dwyane Wade, whom he refers to as "She-Wade."


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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