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By United Press International  |  Aug. 7, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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GARY BARLOW: British pop star Gary Barlow says he is devastated after his fourth child, a daughter, was delivered stillborn during the weekend.

Barlow is a member of the music group Take That, as well as the creative force behind Queen Elizabeth II's recent Diamond Jubilee concert.

He and his wife, Dawn, have been married 12 years and are the parents of Daniel, 11, Emily, 10, and Daisy, 3. Dawn was about 8 1/2 months pregnant when she delivered their fourth child stillborn Saturday, E! News said.

"Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we've lost our baby," Gary Barlow said in a statement Monday. "Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on Aug. 4 in London. Our focus now is giving her a beautiful funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts. We'd ask at this painful time that our privacy be respected."

MACAULAY CULKIN: The National Enquirer says it is standing by a report which claims Macaulay Culkin is addicted to heroin, despite the U.S. actor's insistence he is not.

The former child star's representative told E! News last week the story is "not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious."

"We beseech the responsible media to consider the source and its reputation, and to please not perpetuate this destructive and insulting story by pursuing it any further," the actor's publicist said.

However, the tabloid newspaper said it refuses to retract or amend its report.

"The National Enquirer hopes the cover story on its latest issue, "'Home Alone' star Macaulay Culkin Addicted to Heroin -- Only 6 Months to Live!" will act as a dramatic and much-needed wake-up call to the 31-year-old actor," the tabloid's representatives said in a statement posted on its Web site.

"Our advice to Macaulay is to seek professional help to avoid the same tragic fate of other beloved celebrities, including Whitney Houston, who died earlier this year," the statement goes on.

"We believe that the former child star should be doing everything he can to get the treatment he so desperately needs -- and which could have saved the life of his friend Elijah Rosello. Her family confirmed to The Enquirer that she did drugs with Macaulay before her drug-related death in March.

"Should Macaulay's representatives continue to deny The Enquirer's accurate and detailed report, we are ready to offer him the opportunity to take a blood test administered by an independent medical lab. It is a fact that as The Enquirer tracked Whitney Houston's descent into her drug hell, she refused to admit she had a problem -- and Whitney was represented by some of those people now denying Macaulay's potentially deadly problems.

"The Enquirer editors would hate to see Macaulay end up like Whitney."

Culkin was a famous child star of the 1980s and '90s, appearing in the blockbuster "Home Alone" comedies, as well as the films "Uncle Buck," "My Girl" and "The Good Son." As an adult, he has co-starred in several independent movies and worked as a disc jockey.

AALIYAH: A recording of the late R&B singer Aaliyah's previously unheard song "Enough Said," featuring Canadian rapper Drake, has been posted online.

Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas Aug. 25, 2001. She was 22.

Drake posted one of their last collaborations on the Internet during the weekend.

"I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon," E! News quoted Drake as saying in April. "Some special things. Great things man. Great things for music, period."

MICHAEL PHELPS: U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been dating model Megan Rossee for five months, E! News reported.

Although the couple took their romance public by walking the red carpet Monday night at a Speedo promotional event in London, said Phelps declined to answer questions about their relationship.

Phelps, 27, has earned 22 medals, 18 of them gold, during the past three Olympics.

Rossee, 25, has appeared in runway shows for fashion designers Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson.

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