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The Darkness Singer Checks Into Rehab

THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins checked himself into London rehab clinic The Priory on Saturday (August 12), according to a British newspaper.

Hawkins, who has admitted battling the eating disorder bulimia in the past, prompted fears over his health when he cancelled a festival appearance in Denmark last week.

The 31-year-old has been under increasing pressure following the commercial failure of his group's second album "One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back", and it was rumored his record label is preparing to drop him.

However, in a statement issued earlier today, the other members of THE DARKNESS denied that Hawkins' current health issues will result in a band split.

"After Justin saw a doctor last week and was recommended to 'cancel all professional commitments or work-related activities,' we had little choice but to cancel the band's appearance at the Skanderborg Festival in Denmark, something that the band hate to do, but having been out on the road constantly for such a long time and having not had any time off over the past three years, that's what Justin has decided to do and we are all agreed that his health must come first," the group said in the statement.

"As everybody found out today, Justin has been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic. We would however like to make it clear that this emphatically does not signal the end for THE DARKNESS, nor are their label Atlantic Records considering 'dropping' them. On the contrary, they have taken up their option with the band and are looking forward to releasing THE DARKNESS' third album in early 2007.

"We are not here to comment on Justin's private life — or anyone else's, for that matter — but he is feeling better already and as soon as he is ready we will be going straight into the studio to begin recording album number 3.

"We hope you would join us in wishing Justin well — and it is for you to judge if a platinum album, headlining and co-headlining sold out shows across the U.K., Continental Europe and Australia, etc. to an audience of thousands of adoring fans can ever be considered a failure!"

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. razor writes:

eating disorder..mmm..fag.

# Aug 16, 2006 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Being English I must apologize to all you American, Australian and other nationalities that have heard The Darkness. They in no way reflect English people or our views. For example, most of us Brits know that there is no such thing as a "one way ticket to Hell and back" because THAT ISN'T A ONE WAY f***ING TICKET!!!!

# Aug 16, 2006 @ 2:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BentDreadknot writes:

Thanks, Oz, you make me believe there is still a light (or darkness?) at the end of the tunnel. Personally, I would be sad if the Darkness didn't permanently split up never to be reunited...

# Aug 16, 2006 @ 3:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. rulin kmadd writes:

what the robert plant lookalike had one too many stomach pumpings? I say the sooner
the better on ending thier shiitty career i hate all this 70's ripoff garbage like them and
Wolfmother it's putrid. Listen to the real 70's music like Sabbath and Rainbow and you
will understand.

# Aug 16, 2006 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Terminator writes:

what can i say? ooh how the standards of record labels have lowered.

# Aug 16, 2006 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. fags writes:

the darkness f***ing rule how in the hell was one way ticket a f***ing failure its an amazing CD one of the best rock CDs ever

# Aug 17, 2006 @ 6:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. psythe writes:

lol, Diamond - apology accepted, mate :)

# Aug 17, 2006 @ 7:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

Ah! And Diamond Oz does what Tony Blair can't and makes the UK not seem like a total failure.

# Aug 17, 2006 @ 9:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. psythe writes:

lol valid point^^

# Aug 17, 2006 @ 9:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. warlockzero writes:

fags is on crack. the darkness is one of the most poorest excuses for a band if i ever saw one in all my life. they look like fags, play like fags and the singer sings like a fag. i hope they do break up because hearing them on the radio makes me lose hope for good music.i rather listen to kelly clarkson than listen to the darkness and i dont like her either, so you see my point.

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11. Diamond Oz writes:

I have a feeling that Fags is a joke. I was gonna say summit like that until I noticed his name and thought "Now hang on, anyone that's been on the internet, knows that fag is a commin insult, so who in their right mind is gonna call themselves fags?"

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