Whitney Houston enters drug rehab. The diva thanks fans for ''their support and prayers''

By Gary Susman
Updated March 16, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Whitney Houston
Credit: Whitney Houston: Frank Mullen/Getty Images/Newscom

Some 15 months after she admitted a history of drug abuse to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Whitney Houston has entered a drug rehab clinic. She was admitted Monday night to an undisclosed facility, her publicist said in a terse statement. The 40-year-old singer ”thanks everyone for their support and prayers,” the statement said. No word on where her treatment is taking place, what prompted it, or how long it’s expected to last.

In 2001, a marijuana possession charge against Houston resulting from an incident at a Hawaii airport, in which inspectors allegedly found three partially smoked joints in her luggage, was dropped when a drug counselor convinced the court that Houston did not need treatment for substance abuse. In Dec. 2002, she told Sawyer on a notorious ”Primetime” interview that she’d ”partied [her] tail off,” using many illicit drugs, though not crack cocaine, which she dismissed as cheap and tacky. ”Crack is wack,” she said.

Husband Bobby Brown has had his own substance abuse problems as well. Last month, the New Jack Swinger was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for violating his probation on a drunk driving conviction.