Amy Winehouse Goes Back to Rehab
Despite what she sang in her international hit Rehab, Amy Winehouse, 27, is going back to rehab, yes, yes, yes.
Winehouse checked into a treatment program at the Priory Clinic on Wednesday, the singer’s rep confirmed. “She wants to be ready for performances in Europe this summer and decided to seek an assessment. She will remain at the Priory on doctor’s advice,” the rep said in a statement.
The British pop star has been engaged in a constant battle with drugs and alcohol. In October 2007, Winehouse was arrested in Bergen, Norway for possesssion of seven grams of marijuana.
She entered a rehabilitation facility in January of 2008, again in June 2009, and now in May 2011. In 2008, Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse stated publicly that his daughter was suffering from a mild case of emphysyma possibly due to her chain smoking and use of crack cocaine. Her success as a performance artist is becoming increasingly overshadowed by her ongoing battle with substance abuse.
A source close to Winehouse reported that her return to rehab was suggested by her father, Mitch. “Her dad sat her down and said ‘I think you’re drinking too much again.’ So she agreed to go on an assessment to stop it becoming a bigger problem.”
No one knows whether or not this trip to rehab will keep Winehouse away from the addictions of her past, but she is certainly off to a rocky start. Sources reported that the singer was seen polishing off a miniature bottle of Smirnoff vodka right before she checked herself into the clinic on Wednesday, ‘”in typical Amy style”.
While she may be staying true to her old persona, Winehouse has less than a month to clean up her act if she wants to be sober in time to perform. Beginning in June, she is scheduled to perform throughout Europe, including stops in Serbia, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary and Romania.
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