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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Diana Ross checks into rehab centre
Diana Ross with the reformed Supremes
Diana Ross has toured with a new Supremes line-up
Pop legend Diana Ross has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in California before the start of her summer tour.

The former Supremes star voluntarily entered Promises in Malibu about 10 days ago "to clear up some personal issues", spokesman Paul Bloch said on Thursday.

"She wants to be in great shape because she is someone who feels a sense of responsibility to her family and her fans," he said, reading from a prepared statement.

Bloch said he did not know when Ross was likely to leave the centre or exactly what she was being treated for.

The 58-year-old is due to start her tour on 26 June in Germany and Bloch insisted performances would not be affected.

Fellow stars

"She'll be touring. She'll be doing the great show she always does."

The centre was believed where Ben Affleck went to dry out, as well as reportedly playing host to fellow stars Charlie Sheen, Christian Slater and Tim Allen.

Many Hollywood figures both in front of and behind the camera choose the centre because of its seclusion.

It has been described as the American equivalent of the Priory, with daily charges said to exceed $1,000 (682).

Solo hits

Ross first found fame with the Supremes after neighbour Smokey Robinson arranged contact with legendary Motown Records.

The group scored hits with Where Did Our Love Go?, Stop in the Name of Love and My World Is Empty Without You before Ross found renewed fame as a solo artist in the 1970s.

Hits like Ain't No Mountain High Enough were followed by an 1980s revival with Chain Reaction.

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