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Troubled singer Whitney Houston checked into a rehab facility 10 days ago to receive treatment for ongoing struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.
TMZ first reported news of Houston's trip to rehab, and a rep for the 47-year-old singer confirms the news in a statement to People: "Whitney Houston is currently in an outpatient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment. Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process."
Houston -- whose 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown recently came under fire when tabloids ran photos of her allegedly snorting cocaine -- has been plagued by rumors that her drug use is affecting her performances. She even canceled a concert in Paris due to illness, leading fans to wonder whether she'll ever make a proper comeback.
A source close to Houston tells TMZ that Houston enrolled in the program because she is "cleansing herself to get ready for a new movie." That movie is probably Getting Happy, the sequel to the smash hit Waiting to Exhale, which will star Angela Bassett, as well as the rest of the original cast.
The rehab program -- which allows Houston to go out in public (just last week she went to a Prince concert in L.A. with her daughter) -- is definitely not the singer's first crack at sobriety. She underwent stints in rehab in 2004 and 2005.
Let's hope Whitney is getting herself on the right track this time. We miss that gorgeous voice!