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George Michael checks into rehab

Singer George Michael, who was arrested after smashing his Range Rover into a store near his home, has checked himself into rehab. Michael has been undergoing drug counselling sessions at the rehab centre.

world Updated: Aug 29, 2010 09:29 IST

Singer George Michael, who was arrested after smashing his Range Rover into a store near his home, has checked himself into rehab.

Michael has been undergoing drug counselling sessions at the rehab centre.

He appeared in court in London this week and pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and driving under the influence of drugs, Contactmusic reported.

The Careless Whisper hitmaker said he checked himself into a clinic shortly after the incident to undergo a 14-day detox program. He is now receiving outpatient treatment, which includes drug counselling "several times a week".

The 47-year-old broke the news in an open letter to fans posted on his official website, thanking them for their well-wishes and expressing his determination to turn his life around.

"I want to thank you all sincerely, and also to reassure those of you who worry so much for me. I fully appreciate the seriousness of my current situation, for which I truly apologise...

"I feel you should know that on the day after the incident I checked in to a clinic for a 14 day detox program here in London, which has been followed by ongoing outpatient drug counselling several times a week. Personal problems, which I had tried to deal with myself, had clearly got the better of me, and I am sorry that my pride has prevented me from seeking help before now.

Michael is expected to attend the court next month to hear his sentence. The singer is facing a possible prison sentence.