Whitney Houston Returns to Rehab

Singer's rep says she voluntarily checked in for drug and alcohol treatment.

ByABC News
May 9, 2011, 1:35 PM

May 9, 2011— -- Singer Whitney Houston is back in rehab.

Her spokeswoman Kristen Foster said in a statement to ABCNews.com, "I can confirm that 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."

Pressed for more details, Foster wrote in an email, "Unfortunately not, saying anything more would conflict with the privacy/confidentiality she needs at this time…."

Since the 47-year-old Grammy-winning singer's comeback in 2009, she has been dogged by rumors that she was using drugs again.

Houston first admitted to using drugs in a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009.

She called her ex-husband Bobby Brown "her drug," saying that she "didn't do anything without him."

She also said marijuana laced with cocaine was their substance of choice, and they "would have ounces" of cocaine available at all times.

"You put [cocaine] in your marijuana, you lace it, you smoke it," she told Winfrey.

Houston talked about the drama and abuse that defined her relationship with Brown.

"He spit on me," she told Winfrey. "He spit on me. He actually spit on me. And my daughter was coming down the stairs and she saw that."

Houston's response: "I took the phone and I hit him over the head with it," she said.

Her appearance on "Oprah" was her first major television interview since 2002, when she talked to ABC's Diane Sawyer.

Sawyer asked Houston at the time about ongoing drug rumors that had started in 2000, when airport security guards found marijuana in Houston and Brown's bags at a Hawaiian airport. The singer alluded to having used cocaine, pills and marijuana -- but drew the line at crack in what turned into an infamous rant.

"First of all, let's get one thing straight," she told Sawyer. "Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. Okay? We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is wack."

In August 2009, Houston released "I Look to You," her first studio album in seven years. Talking about why she took a break from the music industry, Houston told Winfrey, "It was too much. So much to try to live up to, to try to be, and I wanted out."

"I Look to You" sold 304,000 copies in its first seven days on the market, sending Houston back to the top of the charts and giving her the best debut week of her career.

Last year, Houston launched her "Nothing but Love" world tour. Though some said Houston's signature voice showed the stress of her ups and downs, she soldiered on, putting on shows in Asia, Australia and Europe even though fans and critics panned her performances.