Pop superstar Selena Gomez is the latest Hollywood starlet to enter rehab.
The Come & Get It singer, 21, “voluntarily” entered Dawn at the Meadows – an Arizona facility for young people with addictions – in early January 2014.
But according to her rep, the famous ex of Justin Bieber is not struggling from addictions.
“Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse,” a rep for Gomez tells PEOPLE.
And this isn’t the first time Selena has received treatment. The singing sensation was hospitalized in June 2011 after suffering from severe headache and nausea. She later said she “was just very malnourished, so I was low on iron and exhausted.”
Although I’m sure she could use some extra sleep, we can’t help but notice the “exhaustion” epidemic in Hollywood.
“Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends.”
And the “exhaustion” excuse rages on in Tinseltown.
Pop superstar Britney Spears spent a month at a rehab facility, also due to “exhaustion.” Everyone from Rihanna, to Lady Gaga to Amy Winehouse, to Eminem, to Lindsay Lohan, to Richie Sambora, to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, to Kirsten Dunst, to Whitney Houston have also used this explanation for entering rehab.
What’s with all the rubbish rehab excuses?
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew star, Dr. Drew Pinsky, examines this go-to alibi of Hollywood’s stars.
“One of my goals in choosing to participate in mass media is to help viewers and listeners wade through the nonsense that is fed to them and help them become more sophisticated consumers of media,” Pinsky wrote. “As a physician one of the most transparent and troubling lies that I see spun from publicists and then distributed as legitimate news is when a young public figure becomes ill. What we hear from the spin doctors is that the young client is suffering from “exhaustion” and/or “dehydration.”
The good doc goes on to plead for truth and transparency from the media.
“Now, I am not suggesting that merely because someone is a public figure he or she is not entitled to confidentiality as it pertains to health care,” he continued. “Of course they are entitled to that, but please, stop lying to us!
Just report that the individual is under doctor’s care and will be expected to return to work soon. Stop with the ridiculous spin,” he added. “The public is too smart for this and deserves better. Young people run marathons, play competitive and extreme sports. They rarely need medical attention and when they do it is for very specific definable medical reasons. There simply is no such diagnostic category as exhaustion.”
Pinsky goes on to say that healthy individuals cannot be admitting for treatment simply for being tired.
“Hospitals have very stringent admitting criteria that are reviewed by governmental and private agencies,” he wrote. “This assures that hospitals maintain a certain standard of care. This is required for hospitals to maintain their licensure and standing. So they cannot admit a young healthy individual for being tired! Psychiatric hospitals are held to the same standards. There must be some identified medical diagnosis that meets criteria to need hospitalization.”
Pinsky goes on to say that the “exhaustion” excuse is “a lie.”
“So when you hear or read that someone has been hospitalized for exhaustion or dehydration immediately read that as a lie,” he shared. “If this is a young person under say 30 years of age most of these fabrications are covering for addiction. After 30 it can be addiction or alcoholism but many times this is also a cover for a Psychiatric illness.”
But the doctor says we can learn from these phony headlines.
“Bottom line is that celebrities are no different from the rest of us. They suffer the very same psychiatric and medical problems that afflict us all,” he shared. “Paying attention to the reality of the lives that we all watch play out in public has the potential to teach us. Consuming media in a sophisticated manner can provide opportunities to teach our children by looking at the example of others. Celebrity stories can also be cautionary tales from which each of us can learn more medical and psychiatric realities of the human experience.”
What do you think? Do you believe the “exhaustion” headlines? Or should Tinseltown come clean?