SON RISE: “I got caught up in my new lifestyle and got carried away with drugs and alcohol,” Jack Osbourne, 17, told PEOPLE exclusively about why he checked into Las Encinas, a Pasadena, Calif., psychiatric and chemical-dependency hospital on April 23. On his fourth day of treatment there, the youngest member of heavy metal’s first family said that once he realized his predicament, “I voluntarily checked myself into a detox facility for my own health and well-being.” Father Ozzy, 54, tells PEOPLE: “It takes a lot of courage and strength to admit you need help, and both Sharon and I are proud Jack is facing his problems head-on.”
ACTRESS ARREST: Shelley Morrison, 66, the tart-tongued maid Rosario on “Will & Grace,” was charged with misdemeanor theft in connection with her April 23 shoplifting arrest in a Los Angeles department store, reported Reuters. Morrison (real name: Rachel Dominguez) was taken into custody after security officers allegedly caught her trying to steal costume jewelry valued at $446. Although the alleged theft qualifies as a felony, the L.A. City Attorney’s Office reduced the charge to a misdemeanor because of the value of merchandise and the actress had no prior criminal record.
SARS SCARS: Two major music gigs, one starring Elton John and Billy Joel, and the other with “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, were canceled in Toronto due to the SARS outbreak, reported Billboard. Joel and John’s show, scheduled for last Monday at the Air Canada Center, had sold out in 20 minutes when tickets first went on sale. Clarkson was due to make several TV appearances. So far, the outbreak — which reportedly has killed more than 16 people in the Toronto area — also has forced cancellations from Styx, the Notwist and Lisa Marie Presley.
‘JERSEY’ JITTERS: Director Kevin Smith‘s “Jersey Girl” — starring couple of the moment Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez — isn’t due until November, and, so far, test audiences like what they see, reported The New York Times. But that reaction can’t allay fears from the filmmaker and the studio that, come fall, the public may be fed up with Ben and Jen (or as Smith calls them, “Bennifer”). At the very least, the filmmakers worry, audiences may just shrug off the movie, given the fact that Lopez, 32, and Affleck, 30, are available every night for free on “Access Hollywood.”
ROWLING’S RICHES: “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, 37, has overtaken Queen Elizabeth, 76, on Britain’s annual “rich list,” published in this week’s Sunday Times of London. With $445.5 million in the bank (or wherever she keeps her assets), the author is ranked as Britain’s 122nd richest person. Queen Elizabeth, with $397.8 million, is ranked a mere 133rd. Of Rowling’s fortune, $238.7 million was generated by her books and the rest from movie rights and “Harry Potter” merchandise.