Scoop! Nicole and Keith plan an Aussie wedding

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have landed in the land Down Under to get hitched.

“We are very happy to be back in Australia. We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends,” the couple said in a statement issued by Kidman’s publicist in Sydney, Australia, according to People magazine.

No details about the wedding have been released, but the gossip hounds are barking that the couple is planning their wedding for Sunday at a Catholic church near Kidman’s family home in Sydney.

The country singer and the Oscar-winning actress, both 38, met in January 2005 at an awards dinner honoring the two Aussies hosted by the Australian government. This will be Kidman’s second marriage. She was married to the couch-jumping wonder, Tom Cruise, for 10 years and they have two adopted children.

Breaking up is really hard to do

Paul McCartney’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Heather Mills, isn’t handling the media scrutiny of her background very well.

Since the ex-Beatle and the former model-turned-do-gooder announced their split last month, the tabloids have been digging into Mills’ past like she’s a Supreme Court nominee. So far, the tabs have uncovered naughty photo shoots and quoted questionable sources that allege Mills worked as a high-priced call girl back in the day. Mills has said that after the divorce, she will sue newspapers that reported these stories.

“She is sobbing constantly,” one of Mills’ friends told People magazine. “She is in a terrible state. She is barely able to speak. She feels betrayed and let down.”

Mills isn’t the only one. For his part, McCartney feels terrible that the gossip mongers are hounding his former love.

“There was simply no idea it was going to unravel like this,” a source told People. “It is like some sort of bad drug trip for both of them.”

The couple continues to try to keep the split amicable. Even though McCartney’s kids didn’t want Mills attending their father’s 64th birthday bash on Sunday, she dropped off a bottle of wine.

“It was a gesture Heather felt she had to make to wish her husband a happy birthday and to tell him to enjoy Father’s Day, even if it was impossible for her to be there,” an insider told The Daily Mirror.

Sorry for the inconvenience

The former Green Beret who claimed to have had a one-night-stand with “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken regrets selling the story to the National Enquirer.

Now, don’t get John Paulus wrong, he’s not retracting the story, but he’s sorry he told everyone.

“I regret defying the trust of Clay;” Paulus writes on his blog, according to MSNBC. “I regret hurting him, his family and his fans; I regret that I started a blog that ridiculed him. … I apologize to Clay for that and I hope he will accept.”

Perhaps Paulus should try sending Aiken a “Sorry I sold the story of our hookup to a tabloid” bouquet.

When asked for a comment, Aiken’s rep didn’t return phone calls to MSNBC, but no doubt the Claymates have some something to say about this development.

Doherty out of rehab and back on drugs

Apparently, that whole rehab thing didn’t take for Pete Doherty. The rocker-turned-professional-junkie was fined $1,900 after he failed a drug test administered by police officers in Sweden.

Officers scooped up Doherty after watching the singer and his band Babyshambles perform at the Hultsfred music festival in Kalmar, Sweden, where not surprisingly Doherty “showed signs of being under the influence of narcotics,” Ulf Karlsson, a Kalmar police spokesman told The Associated Press.

A drug test found traces of cocaine and the tranquilizer benzodiazepine. Doherty, who is more famous for his drug offenses and on-again, off-again relationship with supermodel Kate Moss than his music, actually had a prescription for the tranquilizer.

Earlier this month, Doherty had checked himself into a rehabilitation center in Portugal after too-many-to-list drug arrests in Britain.

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