Rimes getting help
Her publicist, Marcel Pariseau, says Rimes has voluntarily entered a 30-day in-patient treatment facility “to learn and develop coping mechanisms.”
Pariseau says Rimes isn’t seeking treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse, adding that “while privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
The 30-year-old Rimes checked into the undisclosed facility Wednesday.
Rimes is keeping her weekend tour commitments through September during breaks from treatment.
The statement was first reported Thursday on People.com.
Ne-Yo honors Jackson
Ne-Yo performed “Smooth Criminal,” ‘’I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” on Wednesday night at New York’s Gotham Hall, imitating Jackson’s signature dance moves and vocal tones.
The R&B singer said in an interview ahead of his performance: “You just don’t do a Michael song, you try and do the best you can.” He also said he learned how to sing because of Jackson and that the icon’s musical influence was “tattooed” on his heart.
Singer Melanie Fiona also performed at the Pepsi and Billboard event. The Grammy winner belted covers of “Bad” and “Dirty Diana.”
Roberts leaves ‘GMA’ – for now
“See you later. See you soon. I’ll get back as soon as I can,” she promised at the close of her emotional send-off from the show. The “GMA” anchor was making her final appearance before starting medical leave for a bone marrow transplant. Her departure had originally been set for Friday, but in a last-minute change of plans she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother in Mississippi, she told viewers.
During her absence, a number of famous faces will be subbing for her, including previously announced fellow ABC News colleagues Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas.
In addition, Roberts announced that Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock and Rob Lowe will be among the stand-ins, as well as the cast of the ABC comedy “Modern Family.”
In June, Roberts had first disclosed that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, who was on hand for Thursday’s broadcast.
Roberts, who has put a brave and usually smiling face on the challenges that await her, shared with viewers an inspirational quote: “Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience, and miss the meaning.”