Tattle: Demi 'Camp Rock' Lovato enters rehab

Billy Ray Cyrus and wife "Tish" Finley (above) are splitting; Bret Michaels (left) is reportedly the cause.
Billy Ray Cyrus and wife "Tish" Finley (above) are splitting; Bret Michaels (left) is reportedly the cause.
Posted: November 03, 2010

HERE'S AN Election Day surprise we weren't expecting:

Demi Lovato, one of Disney's biggest names and the star of the "Camp Rock" movies, checked into a treatment center to deal with "emotional and physical issues," her rep said in a statement Monday night.

The statement did not specify the 18-year-old's problems.

A person familiar with the situation previously told the Associated Press that Demi entered treatment for problems including an eating disorder and cutting herself. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly due to the sensitivity of the matter, later clarified the statement, saying Lovato had dealt with those issues in the past.

Demi was on an international tour as a special guest of the Jonas Brothers, but left the tour over the weekend to enter an undisclosed facility, according to the statement.

"Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help," the statement said. "She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time."

Why do they even ask?

Possible reasons for Demi's plight include:

* Bullying at school. "It was

more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that's actually more scarring than anything," she's said. "And I had to leave because I just couldn't deal with it. And I've home-schooled ever since."

* Her break-up with Joe Jonas.

The two have said they're still friends, but . . .

* The pressure of Hollywood.

That's what Demi's dad said did his daughter in.

"Dianne [Demi's mom] and I each played in a band and we toured all over the United States and Canada, and our oldest daughter Dallas went with us and I could see then what the pressures would be like for a child on tour because it was hard on Dallas, too," Demi's father Patrick told RadarOnline.


Patrick is battling cancer and divorced from Demi's mother so those are sure to be two more stressers.

"I've had cancer, I've been in the hospital for two months and I just got out," Patrick told Radar Online. "She hasn't visited; she's been too busy, she's been way too busy."

So maybe we should also add guilt.


* According to

Us Weekly, the reason for Billy Ray Cyrus' split with wife Tish is that Tish reportedly had an affair with Bret Michaels.

Miley dueted with Bret in February on "Nothing to Lose" and that's when it started.

So actually there was something to lose.

* Wesley Snipes is heading

back to court, hoping to convince a central Florida judge he deserves a new trial because he claims the jury was biased.

U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges will hear arguments Nov. 15.

Snipes argues that some jurors decided he was guilty before hearing any evidence and that prosecutors hid damaging information about a key witness.

Snipes faces a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes. He was found guilty of willfully failing to file federal tax returns.

Defense attorneys say they received e-mails from two jurors who claim that three other members of the jury made up their minds before the 2008 trial began.

Didn't they follow the judge's instructions? Tattle has been on jury duty; the judge asks prospective jurors at least a dozen times if they're able to keep an open mind during the trial.

Snipes has been free on bond while appealing.

* Macy's announced yesterday

the list of celebrity performers for its Thanksgiving Day Parade. It includes Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Gladys Knight and Arlo Guthrie.

Can you imagine a giant Jessica Simpson balloon flying over Herald Square?

Alas, Jessica will be there live, but the 84th parade will feature some new balloons including Kung-Fu Panda and the Kool-Aid Man.

Other celebrities taking part include India Arie, Big Time Rush, and the casts of several Broadway shows.

* Next season's "Amazing Race" is getting an HD upgrade, says the Hollywood Reporter.

"Yes, yes, yes," said CBS' entertainment president, Nina Tassler, in the premiere issue of HR's new weekly magazine. "We are doing 'Amazing Race' in HD next year."

* A federal prosecutor says a fan of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" relentlessly harassed one of the TV show's stars.

Opening statements were made yesterday at the New York City trial of Philadelphian Charles Nagel.

Authorities say Nagel approached actress Kathryn Erbe at filming locations and wrote creepy things about her on the Internet. The defense says Nagel is "an interesting character" but meant no harm.

"An interesting character?" This might be a case in which the USA Network show says "Characters Not Welcome."

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

E-mail gensleh@phillynews.com

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