Try It On Her Own...
Whitney Houston Rehabbed
by Sarah Hall
May 12, 2004, 4:40 PM PT
Whitney Houston is ready to try it on her own.
The "I Get So Emotional" singer has reportedly completed the portion of her
drug rehab program that required her to have a chaperone with her at all
The pop diva's attorney told People.com
that Houston had successfully knocked off the required 30 days under the
watchful eye of her chaperone and had moved on to the aftercare program.
Houston entered rehab in March to deal with a substance-abuse problem, but
checked herself out after a brief five-day stay. Her rep, Nancy Seltzer,
insisted that all was well--Houston simply preferred to continue the program
on an outpatient basis.
"Miss Houston is continuing the prescribed treatment, as was planned,"
Seltzer told the New York Daily News at the time. "Her movements are in
total keeping with the program."
Apparently the full-time human watchdog was just part of the prescription.
Meanwhile, said chaperone may have acquired some star cred during his or her
stint overseeing Houston.
Apart from having a front-row seat from which to observe the various
shenanigans of Houston and hubby Bobby Brown, the rehab coach was reportedly
taped accompanying the family through Atlanta as they were filmed for a
potential reality TV project.
Now that the chaperone is packing up and shipping out--presumably to their
next celebrity addiction gig--Houston and Brown have plenty of challenges
An obvious project might be staying sober without an adult babysitter.
Houston's most recent drug issues are simply the latest in a long line. In
2002, she admitted to Diane Sawyer that she had experimented with an array
of drugs: cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and pills, but proclaimed at the time
that the "party's over."
This time around, Houston spouted self-affirming statements--perhaps
influenced by the chaperone.
"I now feel whole. I am finally fully myself again and feel stronger than
ever," Houston announced, per World Entertainment News. "I decided to get
rid of everything surplus in my life."
Despite the exorcism of all things "surplus," Houston's life still isn't
free from complication.
Last week, Brown was ordered to stand trial on charges of domestic violence
for allegedly roughing up his spouse last December.
Though the legally challenged pair had hoped to handle the matter privately,
a judge ruled that there was enough evidence to continue the case against
The "My Prerogative" singer was ordered to turn himself in for
fingerprinting July 10 or 11, at which point he'll be released on $2,000
bond. No trial date has been set.
12 MAY 2004