Singer Trace Adkins checks into rehab after cruise ship conflict

Country singer Trace Adkins has entered rehab, a rep says, after an incident on a cruise ship.
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<i>This post has been updated. See the note below for details.</i>

Trace Adkins is reportedly headed back to rehab — after more than a decade of sobriety.

The “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” singer and Grammy nominee, who was headlining a seven-day country music cruise heading out of Miami, on Monday night found himself intoxicated in an onboard bar scrapping physically with a Trace Adkins impersonator who’d been singing karaoke, TMZ first reported Wednesday.

[Updated, 11:37 a.m. PST Jan. 20: New information about the confrontation has emerged days after the conflict. The “scrapping physically” mentioned above was actually a verbal confrontation that included some chest bumping, TMZ said in a new report. No punches were thrown. A headline reference to a “brawl” has been changed.]

When the ship arrived at its first destination, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Adkins got off and headed to a rehab facility, a spokesperson confirmed to People. The ship was also scheduled to stop in George Town, Grand Cayman, and in Cozumel, Mexico.


Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna & the Big Noise and Love and Theft were only a few of the dozens of other entertainers performing on the cruise.

The 52-year-old baritone “has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism,” his representative told several media outlets in a statement.

Adkins, who recently cohosted the American Country Awards with racecar driver Danica Patrick, faced an intervention by his family in 2001 that led to 28 days in rehab.

“I wish for anybody out there to never have to go through one of those intervention things where you sit down there and people start telling you what you’re doing to them,” he said in a 2009 chat for a special with Great American Country. “You’re so weak that it’s come to this. Man, I hated myself at that moment.”

Adkins has also been a contestant on the “Celebrity Apprentice” franchise twice, finishing as runner-up to Piers Morgan the first time around and then winning ahead of Penn Gillette in the first “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” back in May.

On Sunday, the first day of the cruise, he’d tweeted, “Up here in my suite, overlooking the pools. Behave yourselves.”



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