Chaka Khan has checked into rehab to treat a longstanding prescription drug addiction.
The singer’s rep confirmed to HipHollywood in a statement that the “Ain’t Nobody” singer “has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way.”
Chaka’s rep added, “As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and all performances beginning August 1st and onward.”
Per the rep, CK’s performances for the month of July have all been postponed.
According to reports, the iconic songstress has struggled with addiction of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that also led to Prince’s untimely passing in April. It’s also being reported that the late signer’s death, who was a dear friend of Chaka’s, was a major wake up call for the Chicago native.
This is not the first time the 63-year-old has entered rehab. Back in 2013, the “I’m Every Woman” diva received treatment then also for prescription pain addition. The singer released a statement via her website then that read:
“The battle of addiction is a serious and long process, which is why I chose to address my use of prescription medications—which came about as a result of the knee surgery I had a few years ago. When and if necessary, I will seek alternative methods and traditional treatment to stay ahead of any potential problem. So many are not here today, and have lost this battle with addiction. Because these medications are legal, their abuse is often unknown—until it’s too late. If not handled they are a silent killer.”
Khan is currently in rehab alongside her sister Yvonne Stevens, aka Taka Boom.