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Gerard Butler Is in Rehab Right Now

A photo of Gerard Butler

Is that surprising to anyone else, the fact that Gerard Butler is currently in rehab? I can’t tell really tell if I’m a little shocked because this really came out of nowhere, or if I’m a little shocked because every time I see any news about Gerard Butler, I immediately start wondering why everyone thinks he’s so attractive, and I never end up actually reading the story. Unless, you know the headline is something real simple like “Gerard Butler In Rehab.” Then I’ll take a gander, obviously.

From TMZ:

Gerard Butler is being treated for substance abuse at the Betty Ford Center … TMZ has learned.

Butler’s problems were triggered by the physical demands of shooting “300” in 2006. We’re told the actor began struggling with pain management, and the problem became exacerbated while filming “Of Men and Mavericks,” when Butler was badly hurt on December 18 during a surfing accident.

We’re told Butler realized he was relying too much on prescription drugs and decided to head off a full-blown addiction by entering Betty Ford three weeks ago.

Sources tell TMZ … Butler also developed issues with cocaine, but the root problem appears to be the injuries and pain management.

We’re told Butler will be leaving Betty Ford later today.

I knew he was probably addicted to vagina, but painkillers and cocaine? Man.

However surprising this is, can we please take a moment to talk about how admirable this is? Too often we see celebrities with these kinds of issues put off rehab until the last possible minute, or maybe they don’t even go to rehab at all. I think we need to congratulate Gerard and the people around him for trying to nip this one in the bud before things got seriously out of control.

Or, you know, maybe I’m way off base. Maybe Gerard has been an obvious train wreck for six years and I never noticed because every time I saw his name or his picture, I had to stop and say “Gerard Butler, really?” Honestly, that’s a possibility too.