Whitney Houston is ready to try it on her own.
The “I Get So Emotional” singer has reportedly completed the portion of her drug rehab program that required her to have a chaperone with her at all times.
The pop diva’s attorney told People.com that Houston had successfully knocked off the required 30 days under the watchful eye of her chaperone and had moved on to the aftercare program.
Houston entered rehab in March to deal with a substance-abuse problem, but checked herself out after a brief five-day stay. Her rep, Nancy Seltzer, insisted that all was well–Houston simply preferred to continue the program on an outpatient basis.
“Miss Houston is continuing the prescribed treatment, as was planned,” Seltzer told the New York Daily News at the time. “Her movements are in total keeping with the program.”
Apparently the full-time human watchdog was just part of the prescription.
Meanwhile, said chaperone may have acquired some star cred during his or her stint overseeing Houston.
Apart from having a front-row seat from which to observe the various shenanigans of Houston and hubby Bobby Brown, the rehab coach was reportedly taped accompanying the family through Atlanta as they were filmed for a potential reality TV project.
Now that the chaperone is packing up and shipping out–presumably to their next celebrity addiction gig–Houston and Brown have plenty of challenges ahead.
An obvious project might be staying sober without an adult babysitter.
Houston’s most recent drug issues are simply the latest in a long line. In 2002, she admitted to Diane Sawyer that she had experimented with an array of drugs: cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and pills, but proclaimed at the time that the “party’s over.”
This time around, Houston spouted self-affirming statements–perhaps influenced by the chaperone.
“I now feel whole. I am finally fully myself again and feel stronger than ever,” Houston announced, per World Entertainment News. “I decided to get rid of everything surplus in my life.”
Despite the exorcism of all things “surplus,” Houston’s life still isn’t free from complication.
Last week, Brown was ordered to stand trial on charges of domestic violence for allegedly roughing up his spouse last December.
Though the legally challenged pair had hoped to handle the matter privately, a judge ruled that there was enough evidence to continue the case against Brown.
The “My Prerogative” singer was ordered to turn himself in for fingerprinting July 10 or 11, at which point he’ll be released on $2,000 bond. No trial date has been set.