BACKSTREET BOY NICK CARTER is following bandmate Aj Mclean's example by dating a hot model.

The blond pin-up - who was recently linked with BRITNEY SPEARS - is secretly dating model CHRISTY LANE, who is 10 years older than him, according to friends.

The 33-year-old stunner, who has a master's degree in education, has been spotted out and about with Carter in the past three months after meeting the pop star at a boat race in April (03).

Lane is being coy about the reported romance, stating, "Nick and I are just really good friends who share an interest in boating and the water."

03/08/2003 21:07