Report: Friends Stepped in to Aid Whitney
03/17/2004 AT 09:35 AM EST
New York's Daily News also reports that Houston, 40, chose this time to check in for treatment because her husband, Bobby Brown, 39, is behind bars for violating probation. The News referred to Brown as Houston's "enabler."
The Chicago Sun-Times, meanwhile, reports on Wednesday that the danger signals for Houston arose during her Moscow concert last month, when she mentioned onstage that she was carrying a child. Houston's spokesperson quickly denied the pregnancy -- but it reportedly became clear to friends that Houston was in trouble.
The Sun-Times said about six friends staged a surprise intervention on Houston this past weekend.
When it was announced on Monday night that the singer was seeking help, publicist Nancy Seltzer, who has long fended off inquiries about Houston's sometimes erratic behavior and bone-thin appearance, said the star "thanks everyone for their support and prayers" but declined to offer details.
Late last month, Houston's husband of 12 years, R&B singer Brown (they have a daughter together, 10-year-old Bobbi Kristina), was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating probation. One of the violations included a December misdemeanor battery charge for striking Houston in their suburban Atlanta home, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut inside her lip.
Back in a December 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, Houston (who often seemed distracted during the sit-down) said she had abused drugs in the past but that she had survived the ordeal through prayer.
"I partied a lot. Trust me: I partied my tail off," Houston told Sawyer, adding, "You get to a point where you know the party's over."
She also firmly denied tabloid reports that she had used crack cocaine. "Crack is cheap. I make too much for me to ever smoke crack," Houston blurted out. "Let's get that straight, okay? I don't do crack. I don't do that. Crack is whack."
In January 2000, security officers at Hawaii's Keahole Kona International Airport allegedly found less than half an ounce of marijuana and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in Houston's bag.
The following year, Houston's petty misdemeanor drug charge relating to the incident was dismissed after a drug counselor told prosecutors the singer did not require treatment for substance abuse.