After years alcohol and drug abuse, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter told "Dr. Phil" (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that he's in the best place he's ever been. That's a big change from just three years ago, when Carter was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition. After his weight ballooned to 230 pounds, Carter "completely changed [his] life around and fitness and health became my new thing."
A book that his former bandmate Kevin Richardson gave him in 2004, Norman Vincent Peale's "Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results," helped inspire Carter to make some life changes. "All these negative thoughts, all these negative behaviors ... they were programmed into my mind," he explained. "I just got into the whole self-help books and I love it."
Dr. Phil seemed impressed by Carter's story of redemption, and asked him if he'd ever considered writing a self-help book of his own. When Carter said that he wanted to write a book, Dr. Phil made him a deal. "You write it, I'll launch it, right here." It may not be Oprah's book-club, but these days it's probably the next best thing.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post referred to Carter as a "former member of the Backstreet Boys." The band actually reunited in 2007.