Why Was Scarlett Crying? 

Scarlett Johansson reportedly broke down in tears at the Met Costume Institute’s star-studded gala. Sobbing in the ladies’ room, the bombshell actress was consoled by designer-pal Stella McCartney. "She was crying to Stella — not hysterical, confused," an observer told the New York Daily News. Mysterious …

Sheryl Crow starts family by adopting

Sheryl Crow is starting a family. The rocker recently announced that she has adopted a son.

"Hey, everybody, I am so excited to share with you guys that I’ve adopted a little boy," Sheryl told fans in a message on her Web site. "He was born two weeks ago."

"His name is Wyatt (after my dad) Steven (after my little brother and Scooter) and we are enjoying some very private family time. Just wanted you to be the first to know."

"She’s super-happy. … She’s just over the moon," a Sheryl insider reportedly told Us magazine’s Web site.

Sources told Star magazine that the singer missed being a mother figure to the three children of her ex Lance Armstrong since their split last year and started exploring her options in terms of parenthood. (Sheryl has said that she is now seeing someone new, but does not want to name him.)

Congratulations to Sheryl and Wyatt! Can’t wait to see pix.

Depp’s Drama

Johnny Depp has finally spoken out publicly about his daughter’s recent health scare. Lily-Rose, 7 (mom is French actress Vanessa Paradis, Johnny’s longtime lady love), was hospitalized two months ago for E. coli poisoning and remained critically ill for more than a week. Now the famously private actor is opening up about the terrifying experience.

"It gave us a great scare," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star admits to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. "What got us through this wasn’t the strength of Vanessa or me, but our daughter and her incredible ability to make us feel OK even though she was very unwell. She was super-strong."

"It was a very bumpy patch, but she has come through it beautifully and unscathed, and she is now as healthy as she always was. She is wonderful," the proud family man gushes. "It was a reminder to us of how lucky we are to be able to breathe, walk, talk, think and surround ourselves with people we love."

Who says Hollywood actors don’t know from family values?

Life-Saving Lovebirds

In other unusually warm-and-fuzzy celebrity news, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo recently won over a neighbor who didn’t want them moving into his condo building — by helping save his life.

Acording to a report in the National Enquirer, the couple was at the elevator of their NYC digs when an elderly man got off, grabbed his chest and collapsed onto the floor.

Luckily, the neighbor, who reportedly suffers from angina, managed to let Nick know that his heart medication was in his apartment. The former boy-bander took the man’s keys and returned with the prescription. Meanwhile, Vanessa called 911. The do-gooder couple waited with their neighbor for paramedics to arrive.

And on a tangled-web-we-weave note, the very man who now calls Nick and Vanessa "my heroes" was originally against the high-profile pair getting a condo in the builing, thinking their supposed party lifestyle would be a nuisance. Ah, gotta love irony.

Alert Level: Brown?

Just how out of touch with reality is Bobby Brown? The R&B bad boy claims that he’s on Osama bin Laden’s hit list — and that the terrorist leader has the hots for his ex-wife, songbird Whitney Houston.

"[Bin Laden] wanted to have me killed because he was in love with Whitney," Bobby claims on a forthcoming ITV show, "24 Hours With … Bobby Brown." "He wanted to marry Whitney and make her one of his wives."

"I feared for my life," the paranoid singer insists. "I’m still on my guard. The most wanted man in the world wants [me] dead."

As of press time, bin Laden could not be reached for comment.

Five Quick Takes

- Legally embattled "The Hills" star Jason Wahler has reportedly checked into rehab.

- Friday morning, Jaime Pressley ("My Name Is Earl") delivered first son Dezi James in Los Angeles.

- Producer Jermaine Dupri says girlfriend Janet Jackson may sign to his Island Def Jam label.

- Jennifer Lopez dismissed rumors she has beefed up security due to anti-fur groups’ death threats.

- Tuesday, Jay-Z watched the NYC City Council honor mom Gloria Carter’s work on his scholarship fund.

Happy Birthday for May 14

» Actress Miranda Cosgrove ("Drake & Josh") is 14.

» Actress Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia") is 24.

» Singer Natalie Appleton of All Saints is 34.

» R&B singer Shanice is 34.

» Director Sofia Coppola ("Marie Antoinette") is 36

» Actress Cate Blanchett ("Babel") is 38.

» Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block is 38.

» Spacehog guitarist Antony Langdon is 39.

» Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 41.

» Musician Raphael Saadiq is 42.

» Rocker Ian Astbury of the Cult is 45.

» Guitarist C.C. DeVille of Poison is 45.

» Actor Tim Roth ("Reservoir Dogs") is 46.

» Marillion singer Steve Hogarth is 48.

» Musician David Byrne of the Talking Heads is 55.

» Director Robert Zemeckis is 55.

» Cream bassist Jack Bruce is 64.

Say What?

"Before he knew me, he felt very confident about dressing on his own. I seem to have sapped his confidence. … I buy him so much that he feels it’s taken away his ability to make his own decisions."

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Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.

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