Backstreet's Carter wailed throughout arrest

Even the cops chuckled as the singer sobbed; Priestly: Underemployed but overendowed; Halliwell demands slimmer wax likeness. Plus: Beyonc

Published January 8, 2002 5:03PM (EST)

They don't call 'em Backstreet Boys for nothing.

When the group's youngest member, Nick Carter, 21, got arrested during an argument at a Florida club last week, after failing to leave the club on a cop's count of 10, he apparently melted down in a big way.

"The cops arrested him, put him in handcuffs, and then put him in the police car," a witness, Jennifer Guggino, also 21, told The Smoking Gun last week. "Nick wasn't belligerent, but he started bawling. He said, 'You just want to arrest a Backstreet Boy. I've never been arrested. I don't know what to do!' He was crying hard. Tears were streaming down his face. People were laughing at him. The cops were chuckling."

But before you start pointing and yucking it up yourself at Carter's waterworks display, pause and ponder this: Guggino said that when she sidled up to Carter and asked him why he'd publicly turned into a puddle, he replied, "It's OK to cry."

Awwwwww ... I mean, just ... awwwww ....

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And a big ego, too!

"That magazine is a fixture in our house."

-- Jason Priestley's girlfriend, Naomi Lowde, on the issue of Loaded that included Priestley in its list of the five most well-endowed male celebs, in the Calgary Sun. (9021-whoa!)

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Waning wax

Anyone have a wick? Madame Tussaud's has some extra wax ...

It seems the London museum has had to delay the unveiling of ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's new meltable likeness, scheduled for this month, until April because the singer says it's too fat.

According to the U.K.'s Sunday People, Halliwell, who has lost a considerable amount of weight since her measurements were taken for the statue, has asked that changes be made to her waist, thighs and butt in order to more accurately reflect her current girth.

No complaints about her Spice rack, though.

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Behind the lines, beneath the burqas

"Maybe we'll give them 'the girls of Afghanistan.'"

-- Larry Flynt on how he'd really like Hustler to (un)cover the war in Afghanistan, to Reuters.

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Juicy bits

Everything he does, he does it for Queen Elizabeth ... Pocky rocker Bryan Adams has been selected as one of four photographers invited to take photos of the queen of England as part of her golden jubilee celebrations. Apparently, the Canadian pop star has built up quite the rep as a photographer of British celebs, including Elizabeth Hurley and Joan Collins. I trust his snaps are less irritating than his songs ...

Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyonci Knowles says she's irked by people who don't understand that she can be both bootylicious and religious at the same time. "I guess when people talk about religion they think about nuns," she recently told the press. "But it's possible to believe in God and live your life right and still be sexy." Just ask Jerry Falwell.

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By Amy Reiter

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