Boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya is latest celebrity to join the rehab ranks. The boxer checked into a California rehab center to fix his “flaws.”
“Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws,” De La Hoya told TMZ. “Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.”
Rumor has it that the retired world champion has a big issue with cocaine, though de la Hoya hasn’t confirmed those rumors. He has, however, continued to tweet.
“Today I healed my pain so I can heal yours tomorrow,” he wrote on May 19. “Live today like you lived yesterday…Alive!”
And again the next day.
“Take a deep breathe and let out all that anger that makes you hate. it really is going to be o.k.,” he wrote. “Stop finding excuses not to live.life is controlled by what you make of it and not of what it makes of you.”
De La Hoya isn’t the only celeb to hit rehab recently: Whitney Houston, Richie Sambora and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” alum Danielle Staub are all currently in treatment for a variety of personal issues.
“Whitney Houston is currently in an outpatient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment,” her rep told People in early May. “Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process.”
This isn’t her first trip to rehab.
“I partied a lot. Trust me: I partied my tail off,” Houston told Diane Sawyer after she went to treatment in 2004. “You get to a point where you know the party’s over.”
Sambora is also hanging his hat in rehab.
“Richie recently has been drinking too much, and wants to get his life together,” a source told Radar Online.
“Richie has had a busy year,” another source told the website. “I think this was a culmination of all the things that overloaded his life and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself.”
And then there’s Staub. The reality star signed a three-year deal to dance at Manhattan’s Scores Gentleman’s Club, only to abruptly cancel her contract.
“I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!” Staub, 48, told People last week.
“My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial,” she said.
“For years I have had the suicide hotline on my cell phone and would like nothing more than to free myself from this constant pressure.”
Yikes. Guess the lifestyles of the rich and famous aren’t so appealing after all.