Country music superstar Trace Adkins checked himself into a rehab facility this morning after allegedly getting into a brawl with an impersonator, while he was celebrating his birthday, on a seven-day country music cruise, for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Adkins was reportedly intoxicated when he heard an impersonator singing karaoke to one of his songs, and then started a fist fight with the man. Ironically, Adkins had earlier tweeted a message to his Twitter followers telling them to behave themselves. "Up here in my suite, overlooking the pools. Behave yourselves," he tweeted on the first day of the cruise. Apparently, Adkins should have listened to his own advice. When the ship docked in Jamaica, Adkins made the decision to cut the trip short, and enter a rehab center.
Adkins had a previous stint in rehab in December 2001, and had stayed sober for over 12 years. What caused him to relapse is currently unknown. A rep for Adkins released the following statement on his behalf: "[Trace] has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism. As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family's privacy will be respected."
Adkins opened up about his 2001 stay in rehab, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2011.
Nine years ago, I had a very caring and responsible manager who forced me into an intervention situation. I went and did my month in rehab, and it worked for me. I've been sober for nine years now. It had gotten to a point in my life where it was probably going to take me down that road, too. If it didn't end up in that situation, it certainly was going to cost me my career -- and my manager saw that, and they cared enough about me to gather my friends and family and co-workers all together, and they put me through one of those gut-wrenching interventions.
If you've ever been through one of those things, it’s the most humiliating experience you'll ever have. To hear people you respect and love sit there and tell you the kind of pain you've been causing them. They tear you down completely then they haul you off to rehab. So I did that, and yeah, I'm an alcoholic. And are there enablers? There are, but I luckily had a group around me that finally put their foot down.
Up here in my suite, overlooking the pools. Behave yourselves.
— TraceAdkins (@TraceAdkins) January 12, 2014
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