Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston?

In a revelation unexpected, strange, and a bit crazy, Michael Jackson's bodyguard tells London's The Sun that the King of Pop had a secret, weeks-long, sexually torrid affair with Whitney Houston. Matt Fiddes says the diva and the divo, who ultimately shared a similar fate, became lovers in 1991.

"Whitney practically moved into Michael's [Neverland] ranch — and they had a fling like any other young couple," says Fiddes. But, alas, Houston broke it off. "I know [Jackson] dreamed of marrying her," says Fiddes, who says MJ was haunted by Houston until his death. Houston married Bobby Brown less than a year after the purported affair.

It's raining babies

Us Weekly has revealed that Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard welcomed their second baby, Gloria Ray, on April 19. She joins 5-year-old Ramona.

Can't believe it! Backstreet Boys wonderboy A.J. McLean is 34 years old. And a papa-to-be: The singer and his wife of four months, Rochelle DeAnna Karidis, announced on YouTube that they are expecting their first baby.

Beyoncé says her first baby with Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter®, is all hers. Why shouldn't it be? B says she's been hounded by rumors she had the baby by surrogate and spent the entire time pretending she was pregnant. "That was crazy. It wasn't hurtful, it was just crazy," she tells People. Her thought: " 'Where did they come up with this?' "

Finis for 'Khloé and Lamar'?

In an extraordinary development sure to drive thousands into frenzied fits of despair, Khloé Kardashian and husband Lamar Kardashian (néOdom) say they are shelving their E! reality show, Khloé and Lamar, for an unspecified period. A KK rep says the couple have decided that "Lamar's basketball schedule is a priority," which is odd, since Lamar doesn't have an NBA schedule: He was recently booted from the Dallas Mavericks' active roster for poor performance, just months after he was traded by the L.A. Lakers.

So how will Khloé revive Lamar's career?

Does he blame her family's reality TV machine for bringing him down?

Ryan O'Neal: I'm not defeated

Ryan O'Neal, who recently revealed he has stage 2 prostate cancer, is really ill, or feeling great, depending on the source.

The New York Daily News says Ryan, 71, canceled Monday's appearance on NBC's Today show, saying he was under the weather.

But the Love Story actor, who was treated last week for skin cancer, tells USA Today he's raging on. "I have three separate cancers working on me," explains Ryan, who a decade ago battled chronic myelogenous leukemia. But "I'm not defeated." Ryan says he will continue on his book tour to promote his new memoir, Both of Us: My Life With Farrah.

A 007 with heart & soul …

The revamped, Daniel Craig-starring James Bond pic Casino Royale revealed that 007 was not a cold womanizer but rather a man with heart. (Who wouldn't have heart for costar Eva Green?)

Craig's third Bond film, Skyfall, will show he also has a soul — a deep, scarred, angst-ridden one, says director Sam Mendes, master of suburban angst. His pics include American Beauty and Revolutionary Road.

"You always go back to the [books by Ian] Fleming because the character Fleming created over a number of novels was incredibly complex," Mendes said Sunday. "What [Fleming] created was a very conflicted character."

Celebrities have sex, too …

"I'm down with all of them," said Gwyneth Paltrow somewhat squeamishly when newly minted gabshow host Amanda de Cadenet asked her about her favorite sex position.

Jane Fonda, 74, was forthright. "While I am quite flexible … it's not quite as comfortable for me as it used to be before I had a fake knee," she said. De Cadanet's question has elicited some responses — from Zoe Saldana and Sarah Silverman — unfit for these pages.

Chelsea Handler's $500 cigarettes

"I smoke sometimes when I drink," says Chelsea Handler, author of Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. On one late night, she says in a podcast chat with Marc Maron, Chelsea so craved a smoke, she asked Los Angeles deliver company Yummy.com to bring her a pack. She was undaunted when told she was outside their delivery zone. "I … said, 'I will give you $500 if you bring me a pack of Capris.' And they're like, 'What are Capris?'?" she said. "I'm like, 'They're for Russian hookers.' "

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