Eric Dane is in rehab, what’s really going on?

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Eric Dane, 38, recently checked into 30 day inpatient rehab to treat what his spokesperson claims is an addiction to pain pills following a back injury. As far as explanations for rehab goes, this one is pretty good and makes it all sound very understandable. He’s got a one year-old daughter at home and his wife, Rebecca Gayheart, just announced her second pregnancy. That must be some serious pain pill addiction if he’s leaving his baby and pregnant wife at home for 30 days in rehab.

Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane recently checked into a Los Angeles rehab clinic, Star magazine is reporting.

The Dr. McSteamy hunk entered The Hills Treatment Center, a sober living recovery residence in West Los Angeles, in mid-June as a “preventative measure,” a source told Star magazine.

His spokesperson confirmed the 30-day stint and told Star: “Actor Eric Dane voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility to help him get off of pain medication that he was prescribed for a sports injury that he suffered over the recent hiatus. He reports back to work next week. Business as usual.”

With filming starting back up on his ABC show on July 19, and with his wife Rebecca Gayheart pregnant with the couple’s second child, Dane had far “too much to lose” if he slipped, according to a family friend.

“Eric felt things spiraling out of control and decided he needed to get some help,” the source told Star.

[From Radar]

I’m getting the whiff of some kind of cheating scandal on the horizon that Dane is trying to fend off by going to rehab. I know that sounds heartless, but it’s the cynical gossip in me. Why else would a dad take so much time away from his family? Maybe it’s cut and dried as they’re trying to make it sound, but I’m guessing we haven’t heard the bulk of this story yet. At least he’s going to rehab now before his second child comes.

I wrote all that before I saw these photos of Lane with his arm around some “mystery woman” outside a jewelry store on June 25th. It looks like the guy is joking around and doesn’t seem to be a cheating situation. The photo agency writes that he “played a joke on the waiting paparazzi by leaving the IWC store with a mystery woman, who turns out to be a member of the public also shopping at the same store.” He definitely could be looped out of his mind, judging from these photos.




Eric is also shown with wife Rebecca Gayheart on 5/21/11. Credit: WENN

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  1. jane says:

    I thought his wife was the one with substance abuse problems. Too bad…

  2. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “I’m getting the whiff of some kind of cheating scandal on the horizon that Dane is trying to fend off by going to rehab.”

    me, too. and that’s not heartless…that’s being realistic. it’s a pattern that we’ve all seen over the years, so it’s not so far-fetched.

  3. You don't say says:

    Well, both women he had the three way with are now pregnant, so who knows what is going on.

  4. Isa says:

    He is so hot, but such a skeeze. Such a waste.

  5. brin says:

    I thought so, too…especially after that threesome “scandal”. My first thought was rehab for “sex addiction”.

  6. Talie says:

    Lainey had a pretty heinous blind item about Rebecca some years back and her own demons. These two seem like co-dependent messes to me.

  7. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    “I’m getting the whiff of some kind of cheating scandal on the horizon”

    @Celebitchy, I think they have an “open marriage;” and that both were dabbling in drugs when they made that tape with Carry Anne Peniche.

  8. mln76 says:

    I feel really bad for those kids. Because the wife is supposedly much more of a drug addict than he is.

  9. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    Dude, and his whole crew/harem, is weird. They’re not even creepy to me, just flat out weird.

  10. Amanda says:

    It’s possible that because he has a second child on the way, he decided he had to seriously clean up his act. It’s possible his wife gave him an ultimatum– clean up or get out. I don’t know if her issues w/ substance abuse continue to be a problem for her. I think both of those are pretty plausible explanations. I don’t see any problem whatsoever going to rehab while his wife is pregnant if it means he would be a better dad to his daughter and upcoming new baby. Howeverrr, I hear ya on the possibility of a cheating scandal. Hey, Karrie Ann Peniche is pregnant, maybe its his! hmmm?! lol

  11. Jezi says:

    I used to love them as a couple until I found out what kind of weirdness they were involved in. Now it’s just a sad situation for these kids.

  12. MollyB says:

    These two are some of the sketchiest, skeezeball losers in Hollywood. I feel bad for their kids.

  13. really says:


  14. theonlyone says:

    They introduced Brooke M to Charlie Sheen. If that doesn’t tell you a boat load about them then I don’t know what does….

  15. brin says:

    Hope they both clean up their acts for their children’s sakes.
    *waving to Jezi*

  16. kieslwoski says:

    @MollyB I so agree with you. There is whole lotta wrong with these two. Not to mention that they are besties with that junkie Brook Muller, they introduced her to CHarlie SHeen.

  17. tracking says:

    He was the popular guess for a recent “cheating with costar, wife is pregnant” blind, so this wouldn’t surprise me.

  18. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    The gray hair suits the dude, he rocks it.

  19. Christine says:

    If he checked into a 30 day facility in “mid-June” and the pics with the mystery woman were June 25, um…..obviously not an in-patient program? I call bull too.

  20. courtney says:

    oh please drinkers can be good parents Paul Newman for example didn’t quit drinking until his youngest daughter Claire was 18 of course he wasn’t an abussive drunk had he been her mother Joanne Woodward never would’ve put up with it. sadly Eric & Rebecca are co depndant addicts and she should be sterilized after this unfortunate child is born some people shouldn’t have children chronic relapse alcoholics/ drug addicts are among them. it’s different when you get addicted from an accident on a movie set like Elizabeth Taylor did with painkillers when she broke her back at age 12 on the set of National Velvet and she got to keep the horse after production was finished

  21. Boo says:

    The “mystery woman” looks like a (only very slightly) younger Rhea Perlman.

  22. danielle says:

    From what I heard about their “nude tape” they both have been using drugs for quite awhile. Wonder why rehab now?

  23. UKHels says:

    ahh mcsteamy – still the total hotness

  24. lucy2 says:

    Those two are definitely sketchy. They seem to be into some bad stuff.

    The “sports injury during hiatus” story sounds a little fishy to me, TV hiatus usually starts end of April? so in 6-8 weeks he had an injury, started a prescription, and was that bad that fast that he had to do rehab? When it’s rumored they do all kinds of other drugs?
    More likely, I wonder if someone on the show said clean up or don’t come back.

  25. Who knows what this means, it’s hardly ever what it seems, you’re right. I’d heard that he and “Lexie” would be the new stars of Grey’s after Meredith and Derek depart end of this new season. ABC must find that a little scary, because we have all heard the rumors about his wife and he seems to also have serious issues.Maybe they sent him off to rehab as a condition of his new deal. But if not him, do not know who could carry GA.

  26. anon33 says:

    lucy2, exactly.

    I work in disability law, and countless, COUNTLESS of my claimants have “pain pill due to back injury” addictions. You definitely do not get addicted that fast! Most of the cases I work, it takes the person 2-3 years to get to such a point of dependence where they need rehab-if, in fact, they ARE taking the medication as prescribed. There is no way this is a result of prescribed medication. I call BS.

  27. lin234 says:

    Their first baby just oh-so-conveniently got conceived immediately after that their drug use and threesome video popped up. So they are definitely sketchy people.

  28. Bodhi says:

    She should be sterilized? WTF? Yeah, they’re sketchy, but that doesn’t mean that they should be sterilized. What a f*cked up thing to say

  29. Scarlet Vixen says:

    People with a history of drug addiction that have to use Rx drugs have been known to do an outpatient type of rehab as a preventative measure. So, I’m not calling “bull” on this one yet.

  30. Kate says:

    Both He AND Rebbeca are SKANKS!!!

  31. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Hmm, who knows?

    I sustained a very, very very serious back injury when I was eleven (lucky I stayed so short, I can’t imagine what a growth spurt would’ve done to the site of that sub-dermal muscle tearing that just settled into scar tissue and fibrous collagen belts), that mean I still deal with chronic pain. I don’t know how to measure reasonable recovery time or response to medication but this seems strange.

  32. says:

    Let’s not forget that Rebecca gayheart KILLED someone. I feel like these things get overlooked because she’s a documented crackhead, but she pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter

  33. the original bellaluna says:

    I don’t know if there are any chronic pain sufferers here (besides myself), but when you F-I-N-A-L-L-Y get off the pain meds, an injury that requires them again can set you back light years.

    I can see this happening (as many of you have cited his prior drug use) and am relieved to hear he (a father of 2 – one now, one soon) is taking the appropriate steps to mitigate that problem.

    I don’t fault someone for taking “pre-emptive steps” to avoid falling into further drug use/abuse due to an already known addiction.

  34. louiset says:

    I’m not a medical professional but if you’re a recovering addict couldn’t you become addicted to another substance? At the very least get cravings for hard drugs? I also find it amusing that people think a drug addiction is better than adultery. Most likely Eric is in a preventative program.

  35. the original bellaluna says:

    @ louiset -Yes. Yes you can. And likely will. I don’t fault him for the “preventative programme.” It’s much easier to detox with medical/emotional supervision than on your own.

  36. the other mel says:

    I thought that was maybe his mom in the pic…she looks old.

  37. Twez says:

    Why is he molesting Rhea Pearlman?

    Seriously, if he has a history of drug problems, whether he’s been to rehab in the past or not, even a short course of narcotic pain relief could screw with him. This seems legitimate to me.

  38. Becky says:

    Who cares if he and Rebecca Gayheart have an open marriage-I don’t think that that on it’s own makes them sketchy. If they really do have an open marriage at least they are being honest with each other.

    That being said, I did see the video of them hanging out with Kari Ann Peniche nude-they were very obviously high on something. He sounded dumb and stoned but I have to say he certainly looked hot! There hasn’t been anything too scandalous (aside from the prescription drug issue which if it’s true really isn’t that shocking-sadly lots of people have issues with prescription drugs)about them since then-it seems like they’ve cleaned up their lifestyle a bit since they had their first child.

  39. edvard says:

    he has far more to lose by wearing those sweats

  40. Amanda G says:

    Weren’t he and his wife doing drugs on that “sex” tape that was out a few years ago? No surprise here.

  41. Ashley says:

    I don’t like Gayheart but I never thought much of him (just wondered what anyone could see in child killer Gayheart), but then I saw that video and it’s obvious these two are some skeevy sketchy people.

    Didn’t know they were the ones that introduced Charlie to Brooke. Speaks volumes. These two definitely should have never reproduced and like others I did feel like it was a stunt to uphold his image after that tape. It was one thing for her to be a sleaze but to have both of them be drug addicted sex addicts who screw prozzies together, yeah PR couldn’t take that. A baby made people forget and left his status in tact. But it must help that he’s not a huge sex symbol or a big star. He barely makes a dent.