Whitney's Rehab: Mommy's Orders?
By Julie Keller
Thu Apr 28, 6:48 PM ET
That Whitney Houston's out of a court-imposed drug rehab program less than a
month after checking in is news in itself. That it was her mother, Cissy
Houston, who allegedly put Whitney there takes the saga to a whole new
People magazine reports that Cissy
Houston, herself a Grammy-winning gospel singer, asked a Georgia court to
order her drug-addled daughter into treatment.
Reps for both Cissy and Whitney Houston declined to comment on the report.
However, Whitney's publicist, Nancy Seltzer, is quoted by People as saying
the "Greatest Love of All" songbird is "entering the second phase of her
treatment." The magazine says Houston rejoined her family in the Caribbean
and would resume treatment at a clinic near her home in suburban Atlanta.
Whitney Houston checked in to Crossroads, the exclusive Antigua-based clinic
founded by Eric Clapton (who famously battled his own addictions), on Mar.
23. She left on Apr. 18, according to several published reports.
It was her second stint in rehab. Her initial rehab in March 2004 for
substance abuse but quickly checked herself out just five days later to be
treated as an outpatient.
After years of being dogged by drug rumors, Houston copped to Diane Sawyer
in 2002 about experimenting with an array of drugs--cocaine, marijuana,
alcohol and pills. In the interview, however, she proclaimed that the
But the party was seemingly still going strong in 2000, when she was stopped
in Hawaii for trying to smuggle pot on an airplane. That case was eventually
dropped after a drug counselor said Houston didn't need treatment.
Next up for Houston is a new album produced by mentor Clive Davis due later
this year and a featured role on hubby Bobby Brown's upcoming reality
series, Being Bobby Brown. The show will debut on Bravo June 30 and aims to
"demystify Brown's relationships with Houston" and their daughter Bobbi
Kristina, according to the network.
NEWSFILE: 28 APRIL 2005