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Celebrity Gossip Heard All Over The Web

20/20 Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Goes To Rehab For Alcoholism

20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas checked herself into a rehabilitation center over the weekend to seek help with her alcohol dependency.

“While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center,” Vargas said in a statement to Us Weekly. “As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process.”

The journalist recently spent time before in rehab this past November, saying in a statement that she “was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol” and thanked her family and her colleagues at ABC News for their support. She returned back to work in January 2014, being real about her struggles and her husband Marc Cohn‘s request for her to seek help.

“I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down, and for that I am ashamed and sorry,” Elizabeth said in her statement this weekend. “I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time.”

ABC News believes that Elizabeth will return to the show, but acknowledges that her health is the main focus writing now. The network said in a statement, “Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being and we stand squarely behind her. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return.”

Alcoholism truly is a disease, and I hope that Elizabeth is able to overcome it. It’s hard, but she’s strong and can do it. Best wishes to her on her journey.

Image via Mike Pont/FilmMagic via Getty

 

Shia LaBeouf Checks Into Rehab

In predictable yet slightly unpredictable news, Shia LaBeouf has reportedly checked into rehab. What? Already? I know, right? I mean, it’s actually a really good thing, but I expected another 5 days of crazy before the first rehab check in.

So, to the news of rehab, I say good for you Shia. Good for you.

Given his antics over the weekend, you may be wondering what kind of rehab we’re talking about here. Well, according to x17online, it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

After following him from his Hollywood Hills home, where he was seen holding a Big Blue Book (Alcoholics Anonymous), to a private rehab clinic that is frequently used by celebs, they describe Shia as looking nervous and generally unwell. Basically, he wasn’t exactly thrilled to be going, but off he went.

As you know, the actor took part in shenanigans o’plenty this weekend in New York and was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct, as well as harassment and criminal trespass. I honestly couldn’t keep up with the goings on in Shia-land. It seemed like everywhere I looked he was chasing homeless people, fighting, or terrorizing Cabaret goers.

Now, it’s not like this is the only time Shia has caused trouble, but it’s the first real craziness in recent years. In 2005, he was arrested for assault and in 2007 he wouldn’t leave a Walgreens in Chicago and was then arrested for trespassing, because yup, that’s what happens.

And that’s not counting the weird plagiarism twitter ridiculousness or that time he had a paper bag on his head. I mean, there’s definitely been some strange behavior.

So, let’s hope Shia actually takes this rehab thing seriously and gets the help he needs.

Justin Bieber: Nude Photos & Drugs? Oh My!

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Where oh where did the sweet little Justin Bieber that inspired so much Bieber Fever go? He was such a cute little Canadian with such a cute little haircut and millions of adorable little fans. I’m not sure where that Justin Bieber is, but the new obnoxious egg throwing, party throwing Justin Bieber doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.

TMZ broke the news that a “Treasure trove of drugs” was found during the police raid at Bieber’s house, after reporting that Justin Bieber is abusing drugs a few days earlier. What drugs? Oh, you know, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, codeine. Given Bieber’s recent behavior it’s not exactly surprising, but I was still holding out hope that he was just living out his obnoxious teenage phase and would eventually graduate to slightly immature young adult phase.

But nope, not Justin Bieber. Not content with possible rehab mode, he’s taken it to the next level: graphic nude photos, ex suggesting rehab, obnoxious possible drug user mode. Because go big or go home, people.

Yes, RadarOnline reports that Bieber sent graphic nude photos to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez after she said he needed to go to rehab. You can read the whole text exchange at RadarOnline, but here’s a snippet:

  • Gomez : “U need to grow the f*ck up. I hope you get jail time [for the egging attack]. U deserve it at this point.”
  • Beiber: “F*CK YOU!!!!! I need to grow up?! HA ok! Enjoy life with OUT ME B*TCH!!! F*ck you. F*ck Scooter. F*ck all y’all. IAM DONE!”
  • Gomez: “Good!!! Go ‘retire’ or whatever bullish*t attention ur trying to get.”
  • Beiber: “Can’t hear you over my cash, babe! You’re only famous cuz of me. You know it. I know. Everybody knows. Bye. … Go f**k someone else. Keep that talentless p***y away from me!”

First Bieber employed the ‘deny deny deny’ tactic and so far no comment from his rep, but it appears someone close can’t be trusted.

Ke$ha’s Mom Checks into Rehab

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A little over a week ago, Ke$ha checked into Timberline Knolls treatment center to seek for an eating disorder. That Ke$ha checked into rehab wasn’t all that shocking, but the reason behind it was a little unexpected. The drama only took a few days to kick up, with her mom blaming the whole thing on Ke$ha’s music producer Dr. Luke. And so, Ke$ha’s mom is now joining her at Timberline Knolls for treatment. No, not as a visitor, but as a resident.

In a statement to People, Ke$ha’s mom says: “I’m checking myself into Timberline Knolls today for post-traumatic stress disorder, at Ke$ha’s urging. This whole Dr. Luke thing has almost torn our family apart and taken over my life, and Ke$ha wants me to heal along with her.”

Because everyone wants to be trapped in a rehab facility with their mom, right?

Totally makes sense, obviously.

 

 

 

Josh Brolin: Back to Rehab

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Josh Brolin is trying to kick his drinking habit once and for all. The actor, who had a few run-ins with the law and his ex-wife Diane Lane, has just checked himself into rehab one more time to kick his addiction to the bad nectar.

Brolin, who is prone to pullin’ Sean Penn antics and whoopin’ a trick, got into a tussle in Santa Monica over the weekend at a bar and saw the demons rising back up inside of him and realized he had to do something.

The rehab center is reportedly in northern California and we will see in a few months if this is the end of his liquor tirades.

Stay tuned…

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Will Amanda Bynes be Home for the Holidays?

Amanda Bynes has been at rehab in Malibu since September, but it looks like her time there may soon come to a close- just in time for the holidays.

TMZ reports that sources connected with her treatment say Amanda’s mental health and meds have been stabilized to the extent that her doctors will let her leave- releasing her to her mom who will keep and supervise Amanda at the family’s house.

All of this could go down next sometime within the next month, meaning Amanda may get to spend the holidays with her family.

It was TMZ that first reported Amanda’s previous move from the UCLA psych ward to the rehab facility in Malibu. At that time, Amanda was apparently “freaking out” being in the psych ward, which was causing her treatment to suffer.

This time, it’s not the sterile environment of the psych ward that is thwarting her treatment, but the simple fact that she’s “going stir crazy” because she’s not allowed to go outside thanks to paparazzi swarming the place, compromising everyone’s privacy.

Here’s hoping being home is the next step needed to help Amanda keep improving.

Chris Brown Is Headed for Rehab

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Because as we all know, it has worked wonders for him and other celebrities in the past.

Fresh on the heels of his latest beatdown, Chris Brown’s team is working overtime to keep him out of the clink for violating the terms of his probation regarding pop singer Rihanna by throwing him into a Malibu rehabilitation center that specializes in helping people with their anger management issues. How long is Brown reportedly staying in the center remains to be seen, but early word is that it is around three months.

Mark Geragos, attorney to the stars (remember that Winona Ryder case? That’s him!), is placing Chris in this treatment center because he is allegedly certain the judge will revoke the probation and then put Brown behind bars. Let’s see if this obvious PR move gets any goodwill thrown Chris’ way.

We prefer the kind of rehab that tends to stick a bit longer.

It’s called prison.

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Lamar Odom’s Drug Problem Is Serious!

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By now, we have all heard of Lamar Odom and his drug issues, which have led to marital strain with his Kardashian bride.

Well, there have been numerous conflicting reports of Odom and his desire to get help. Khloe Kardashian is said to have given her man an ultimatum. Get help or get out. Odom supposedly threatened Khloe by saying if he can’t come back to his home, he’s filing for divorce.

Yesterday it was being reported that Odom did voluntarily check himself into a rehab center, but another report was dispelling that rumor.

What we are now hearing is Lamb Lamb checked into a rehab center for one day and the next day checked out.

Via People.com:

Lamar Odom checked out of a rehab center Thursday about a day after seeking help for drug problems, sources tell PEOPLE.

The pro basketball player, 32, checked into the drug and alcohol center on Wednesday morning and left Thursday afternoon with an assistant, according to two sources. Odom was later spotted in Los Angeles.

Whatever the case may be, the guy isn’t ready for help. You know damn well the Kardashian Klan is freaking the heck out.

In a sick and twisted way, Mama Jenner is probably loving every minute of this. Publicity is publicity, right?

Eye roll.

Oprah to Lindsay: I OWN You!

So after a stint in rehab, Lindsay Lohan thought she would traipse around Europe for a few months and collect herself. Well, now that she has signed on to the dotted line with OWN (and Oprah), plans have changed. It seems that Oprah is making an executive decision on her latest acquisition and putting an 86 on the Strawberry Snortcake’s travel plans.

According to reports, after Winfrey heard about Lindsay’s intentions of traveling in Europe, she felt like a relapse was inevitable and so talked Lindsay into re-thinking her moves. In other words, Oprah told her: “I OWN you. You aren’t going anywhere!”

Since Lohan is set to star in her own reality series on the OWN network, Oprah could not risk Lohan relapsing and dying before the show is even shot, so who can blame her? If we were Oprah, we would have let Lindsay go and started filming during the rip. We’d love to see Lohan vomiting and snorting in stall #3 at various hours of the night. That’s ratings gold!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

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Amanda Bynes: Shackled!

It looks like America’s Favorite Crackie (sorry, Lindsay!) is not going anywhere anytime soon!

Behold the power of the 5150 hold!

According to reportsextralarge, a judge has ordered the blue haired pyscho case to remain in the mental ward for a bit longer. Now, Amanda doesn’t seem to significant chunks of her medulla oblongata are missing, but those close to her know better. So as her parents fight to keep her under lock and key, Amanda’s paid pieces are trying to break her out of the cray cray clink. Bynes is on meds now, but is still considered a danger to herself and others. According to friends, she seems to be schizophrenic. If this is the case, then we hope she gets all the help she needs. If that is not the case, she is one crazed loon and we say let her out so we can report on this ignunce because she is putting Lohan out of business!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Lindsay wants more rehab?

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As the end is near for Lindsay Lohan’s latest rehab stint, there’s news that she just isn’t quite ready to leave. I’m not sure what to do with that information, but I’m not sure how much of that is logic based and how much is “lindsay logic hurts my brain.”

TMZ is reporting that Lindsay is asking for more rehab time. How much more? 3 or 4 days more. Because she wants to transition into a halfway house assisted whatever blah blah during that time to help her with transitioning back to non-rehab life blah blah. Or something like that. Because transitioning out of rehab is necessary, but obviously not something that can’t be handled in a few days.

And, yes, those “close” to her are “shocked” by her transformation in rehab this time around. She’s apparently a “totally different person.”

Lindsay logic means all of this makes perfect sense. It says, “hey, I care about sobriety. See. I care so much I want to stay a few more days to make sure. To make you happy. So you’ll see I care. And I’m super serious this time. But only 3 or 4 days serious. Still, super serious.”

Lindsay logic or not, I do hope this is her super seriously get sober time. Here’s hoping…

Charlie Sheen Is About To Cut Brooke Mueller Off

So he’ll float a check or two to Lindsay Lohan, but the mother of two of his young children is going to have to fight for her child support money!

In this scenariocharlie_sheen_brooke_mueller_r, Charlie is making all the sense in the world. He is asking a judge to cancel the $55,000 a month he pays Brooke for the care of his twin sons – Bob and Max – because they are currently being cared for by his other ex, Denise Richards. Plus, Brooke is in rehab currently and he is afraid she will use the dough for more blow.

Fair enough, right?

Furthermore, Sheen has offered to raise the amount of dough he gives to Denise as she cares for his other two children by his other babymama, but Richards is refusing the money.

So Sheen is basically telling Mueller that she can pay for her own sobriety because she’s been about 20 times so far and how many of those stints has he paid for?

We say case closed.

You say…?

Lindsay May Flee Betty Ford in 5,4,3,2…

Just like we reported Lindsaya few days ago (because we here at CelebrityVIPLounge are always abreast of the latest in Hollywood f*ckery), Lindsay Lohan may have her PRECIOUS taken from her.

That’s right, folks. When Lindsay checked into Betty Ford a week ago, she thought that she would be allowed certain toxins into her body, like ciggies and Addies. Well, now that Betty has checked her over and done their own evaluation that is not paid off by her ill-advised team, it has been decided that she doesn’t need it and therefore, she has been ordered to release the pills!!

So naturally, what Does The Strawberry Snortcake do? She’s demanding to be moved to another center that allows her legal crackery to flow continuously through her veins over the course of her stay. The problem with all of this is that this is not likely as her judge is probably not going to sign off on this.

Word of advice, Linds…

Suck it up!!!

Betty Ford to Lindsay Lohan: Hand Over The Adderall!

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If Lindsay Lohan thought Betty Ford was going to be a walk in the park that she used to use to get her drugs, then she’d better think again. The Strawberry Snortcake just got warned by the treatment center that her favorite legal drug may be taken from her.

Reports are coming in that Lindsay’s Adderall use, which she claims to need because she suffers from ADHD (perfect for her since she probably could not last the two painstaking hours it takes to get through ‘Liz & Dick’), may be collected from her. This is because doctors may decide through their own evaluation and diagnosis tests that she may be overusing the drug.

No!

Really?!

For those that do not need Adderall, it can produce effects that are akin to abusing street drugs. Its misuse is common and is popular among models and actresses that take it to suppress their appetite, keeping them thin.

We say take her Adderall from her and watch her fall off that wagon with the quickness!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Lindsay Lohan to Piers Morgan: The Re-Hash

OK, so now that Lindsay Lohan is in rehab again, she is feeling all melancholy and wants to relay the message that she, The Unhinged Ginge, is sorry sorry, OH SO SORRY.

In other wordspiers….

RE-HASH!

This time, she ran to Piers Morgan to cry, whine, and die a million deaths about her current position in life and forgive us, but we are not buying anything The Strawberry Snortcake has to say. But for those that do, here’s a snippet of f*ckery to appease you:

“I believe things happen for a reason,” she told him. “I live without regrets. There are certain things I have done, mistakes that I made, that I would change, but I don’t regret them at all, because I’ve learned from them. I got arrested for my first DUI when I was 20 and they found me with drugs. And from then on the press were on me all the time. It was the first time I’d taken drugs; I was out in a club with people I shouldn’t have been with, and took cocaine, and got in the car. It was so stupid.”

*yawn*

And what about her alleged cocaine use? Here’s a laugh:

“Maybe four or five times in my life. Everyone thinks I’ve done it so many times. I took it four times in a period from about the age of 20 to 23, and I got caught twice.”

Is this the new math?!

And who needs coke when you have the prescription equivalents at your beck and call?!

You’ll be laughing from now until she is released in about 86 days!