Whitney Houston has checked into an undisclosed drug rehabilitation facility for treatment. A statement from the R&B singer’s publicist said that Houston thanks fans for “their support and prayers,” but no further information was available.
The news comes amid a tumultuous few years for Houston. In early 2000, she was charged with marijuana possession after a bag she left in Hawaii’s Keahole Kona International Airport was found to have pot inside. The arrest was followed by other rumors of chemical dependency, as Us Weekly (a sister publication of Rolling Stone), ran a story later that year in which a source close to Houston said that family and friends had attempted an intervention to send the singer to rehab. Houston alluded to drug abuse problems in a December 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Primetime.
Houston has also been dealing with the incarceration of her husband of ten years, Bobby Brown. Brown was arrested in December for allegedly striking Houston during a dispute at their Atlanta home. That incident and others qualified as a probation violation that sent Brown to prison for sixty days starting late last month.