Publicist: Whitney Still On Track...
New York Daily News]
Whitney junks her rehab gig
By JAWN MURRAY
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Whitney Houston has checked out of
rehab after just five days of treatment.
"Whitney got extremely upset and said she felt the walls were closing in on
her," a source close to the distressed diva told the Daily News.
Her spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer, refused to divulge her whereabouts, but the
source said the singer was drying out in rented digs near her Atlanta home.
"Miss Houston is continuing the prescribed treatment, as was planned,"
Seltzer insisted. "Her movements are in total keeping with the program."
Seltzer also said Houston "remains supportive of [her] husband," Bobby
Brown, but will not be with him when he appears in a Boston court today in a
A woman claims he fathered her two children and has not paid child support.
Houston and Brown are the parents of 10-year-old Bobbi Kristina, who has
been staying with relatives.
Until Monday, Brown was in jail, a short drive from the Atlanta
rehabilitation center into which Houston checked herself March 15. He was
doing 60 days for violating probation on several charges, including a
battery count for smacking the singer around.
As he exited, Brown told the "Extra" celeb television show that "this is the
last time you'll see me coming out of here or going in" and begged the media
to let him and Houston "live for a while and enjoy each other. Get some
sobriety, you know."
But whether, Houston, 40, who said sayonara to the clinic at 3:20 p.m.
Saturday, can beat her demons is yet to be seen.
The Grammy-winning singer admitted in December 2002 that she abused cocaine,
pills, marijuana and liquor. She also claimed to have kicked her habit with
the help of a spiritual adviser.
The adviser, Prince Asiel Ben Israel, told CBS' "The Early Show" yesterday
that Houston is hooked on prescription drugs, not marijuana and cocaine.
"When you've got the demands of the press and the demands of your public,
you're trying to take a pill to stay up and one to lay down," he said. "I
think it's that kind of lifestyle."
Houston has been imploding for years. She was busted for pot possession in
January 2000 and two months later yanked from the Oscars. In September 2001,
she shocked fans when she showed up for a Michael Jackson tribute at Madison
Square Garden looking emaciated.
Originally published on March 24, 2004
24 MARCH 2004