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Elizabeth Vargas: I’m addicted to alcohol

 
 
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Many fans of TV journalist Elizabeth Vargas were shocked to hear that the 51-year-old mother of two had entered a rehab facility for alcohol abuse.

The 20/20 co-anchor has been in treatment a few weeks and released a statement saying she realized she was “becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol” and “I am dealing with addiction,” like so many other people.

Vargas has been married to Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn since 2002, but no word of marital strife — yet. Insiders tell The New York Daily News that the former World News Tonight anchor (who was passed over for the main job after Peter Jennings died in 2005), was deeply affected by the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shootings last December.

Blame it on Rio

Justin Bieber is going off the rails in South America! The website of Brazil’s biggest news outlet published photos it says show the pop star spray painting graffiti on a wall. And it adds that police want to question him about it. The O Globo newspaper reported that photographers snapped Bieber as he expressed himself on a wall of the former Hotel Nacional. Defacing buildings is a crime over there punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine.

How tiring. Literally. According to a video posted by a random woman on YouTube, the pop star pooped out with a woman, ID’ed by multiple outlets as sexy brunette Tati Neves, who filmed Biebs snoozing in a bed. He was topless, but you can’t see under the sheets, thank goodness.

Marital strife

As if Paula Deen’s 2013 hasn’t been bad enough yet. According to the National Enquirer, her year is about to get a whole lot worse. The tabloid interviewed a source close to the embattled celebrity chef, 66, who blabbed that Deen’s husband of nine years, tugboat captain Michael Groover, 57, has been cheating. And not just in his heart. It’s unclear how Deen got wind of the alleged affair with a middle aged brunette who lives close to their mansion in Savannah, Ga.

Fun times

Will Smith is a party guy so don’t judge him for taking racy photos with a costar. And we all have heard the rumors about his and Jada’s open marriage so let them be already, right?! The action hero, 45, posed in a photo booth with Focus costar and on-screen love interest Margot Robbie, 23, late last month. Robbie pulls up her top and the two are tres touchy feely. But judging by Star magazine’s Nov. 18 cover, these shots are the nail in the Smiths’ 18-year marriage.

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