One of the country’s top newswomen, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas has entered a rehabilitation facility to battle alcoholism, the New York Daily News reported.
The former World News Tonight presenter-turned-20/20 co-anchor checked into treatment at the end of last month, according to the New York Daily News.
A statement from the revered TV personality reads: “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming… Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time.”
Vargas, who is married to singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, will return to Friday night news show 20/20 when she has completed her time in rehab.
Get ready to rock with some of the biggest names and voices in music in a two-hour, star-studded special, “Rock ‘n’ Royalty: Billboard’s All-Stars.” Anchored by Barbara Walters, the special features the best and most outrageous moments from interviews with music’s all-stars, including Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Cher, Lady Gaga, Madonna, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, plus new interviews with Lady Antebellum and Tracy Morgan — who is hosting “The 2013 Billboard Music Awards” Sunday night on ABC. “Rock ‘n’ Royalty: Billboard’s All-Stars” airs as a special edition of “20/20,” SATURDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
A Special Edition of “20/20,” “One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston,” will take an in-depth look at the voice of the century — from her record-setting achievements and musical legacy to her rocky personal life and battle with addiction. It will also include Diane Sawyer’s ground-breaking interview done exactly 10 years ago, as well as the latest developments about the superstar’s final days.
Disney star Demi Lovato has stunned fans by revealing she used to cut herself over body image issues and depression.
The actress was released from a rehabilitation centre in January (11) after being treated for unspecified “emotional and physical” issues, and has since spoken out about her life-long battle with an eating disorder.
Now, in a candid TV interview, the teenager has revealed she also turned to self mutilation.
During a pre-taped interview with news show 20/20, the pretty star says, “(Cutting was) a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body… I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself.” Ironically Lovato’s publicist dismissed reports back in November (10) that the teen star’s rehab stint was brought on by a penchant for self-harm.
And that wasn’t the first time Lovato has been linked to ‘cutting’ – a former rep denied reports she was self-harming back in 2008 when TV cameras spotted what appeared to be scratches on her arm. The spokesperson insisted the marks were from bracelets the star had worn too tight.
Lovato is now deadly serious about her treatment – she has decided to leave the hit Disney series Sonny With A Chance in order to focus solely on her music career, reports People.com.
She says, “It’s kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn’t be a better time for me to move on. I don’t think going back to Sonny would be healthy for my recovery. Being in front of a camera would make me nervous.” The 20/20 television interview is set to air in the U.S. on Friday (April 22).
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