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Darkness singer in rehab clinic
Justin Hawkins of The Darkness
Justin Hawkins has gone to the Priory rehab clinic for a rest
The lead singer of rock music band The Darkness has checked himself into the Priory rehabilitation clinic.

The band said Suffolk-born Justin Hawkins was suffering from exhaustion after three years of non-stop work.

The singer, famous for his lycra suits and high-pitched vocals, led the band onto the pop scene in 2003 and they shot to the top with their debut album.

Bass player Frankie Poullain left as they compiled a second record and sales were widely regarded as disappointing.

Now Justin Hawkins has checked into the Priory rehab clinic where Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty is also a patient.

In a statement a spokesman for The Darkness said Mr Hawkins had been told to rest after three years of non-stop work.

The spokesman also answered reports about difficulties experienced in recording the band's second album by saying their label is now looking forward to releasing a third album early next year.

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