I don’t know what the lure of illicit substances is, as for every wild high you get a definite down, but somehow stars keep on dabbling. Maybe it’s the attraction of escaping from their own ‘stressful’ lives, or perhaps they just have inclinations towards the dark side. Whichever it is, there are some persistent bad boys out there that I thought I’d bring to your attention.
Number 1: Amy Winehouse
How could Ms. Winehouse not be top of the list? Amy is the most recent from our top five to go into rehab, entering on 14th August 2007. Unfortunately, however, she did not complete her recommended 6-8 week stay, checking herself out after just 5 days. There has been much speculation about Amy’s new husband, Blake Fielder-Civil being to blame for her drug abuse, but she recently spoke out against this, saying, “Blake is the best man in the world. We would never ever harm each other.” We wish Amy the best of luck for the upcoming weeks.
Number 2: Kate Moss
Kate Moss’s highly publicised rehab visit in 2005 resulted in the loss of many lucrative contracts for her, including Chanel and Burberry. She completed her stay at the Meadows Clinic in Arizona, staying for 30 days in total. Kate’s drug problem was exposed when pictures of her supposedly snorting cocaine where printed in a British newspaper. The pictures where taken in a London studio where Ms. Moss had been with then-boyfriend, Pete Doherty. Kate remained calm and collected throughout the whole affair, conquered her addiction and was not charged. Now we’d love to see Amy taking a leaf out of Kate’s book.
Nu Number 3: Britney Spears
In February of 2007, Britney Spears voluntarily checked herself into rehab after many reports of drugs and alcohol abuse. Pictures had been plastered all over newspapers and the Internet for weeks previously of her hard partying, and unfortunate flashing of her lady parts. Unfortunately, Spears had had enough after 24 hours, and checked herself out again. Her rehab attempt came weeks after her apparent collapse on New Year’s Eve, and her friend’s pleas for her to get help. However, Spears is still partying hard, and the release of her new single, Baby Boy, should hopefully help her get back on her feet, although it has received mixed reviews so far.
Number 4: Lindsay Lohan
Ms. Lohan, who has just turned 21, Checked herself into the Wonderland Centre in West Hollywood in January 2007, following three car crashes and four hospital visits, spanning over the last two years. After checking out, she regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, although she later said she never considered herself an addict. After another car crash in May 2007, Lohan entered the Promises rehabilitation facility in Malibu when police found a ‘usable’ amount of cocaine in her Mercedes Benz. She stayed there for 45 days, and later said, “it is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.” Since then, Lindsay has been booked on felony charges of possession of cocaine and transportation of a narcotic – in addition to misdemeanour charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. She was later released on $25,000 bail. In a statement released later that day by her attorney, she was said to be “safe, out of custody and presently receiving medical care.”
Number 5: Nicole Richie
Although Nichole has been arrested more than once, is pregnant with her first child and has done time in jail, she still claims that if she could go back in time and have a second chance to try heroin, she would still say yes. Richie was first arrested in February 2003 in Malibu, California, and charged with driving with a suspended licence and possession of heroin. After this arrest, Nichole, who was shunning rumours of an eating disorder at the time, checked herself into rehab to address her weight problem. Nichole has recently announced her first pregnancy and told friends she is loving her new curves and boobs.
[ Words and Research : Chloe-Anne Ride]