Exclusive: Trace Adkins Enters Rehab

Country star was set to headline Country Cruising voyage.

photo by Justin Stephens/NBC

Trace Adkins, the towering country singer famous for such No. 1 hits as “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Ladies Love Country Boys,” has entered a rehab center for alcohol abuse. The baritone Grand Ole Opry member, actor in films like 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey, and winner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice was taking part in the Country Cruising cruise when he slipped off the wagon.

Prior to the setback, Trace, who has always been candid about his battle, was 12 years sober.

A spokesperson for Trace confirmed the Louisiana native’s exit from the cruise and provided this statement: “Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism. As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family’s privacy will be respected.”

Trace’s performances on the ship have since been canceled. The charity-minded singer—he’s a vocal supporter of the American Red Cross—recently completed a holiday tour in support of his latest album, the Celtic-flavored The King’s Gift.

We at Country Weekly offer our prayers and support to Trace and his family during this difficult time.

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