Did you know that you can be hospitalized for jet lag? Apparently so, since Ray J was just admitted for jet lag and exhaustion. We’ve heard this excuse time and time again, so what does it really mean?
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Rapper Ray J was hospitalized on Monday night for exhaustion and jet lag. Oh, you’ve heard it before? Of course: Exhaustion is the excuse du jour for celebrities who need a break from their constant partying and drug use.
Need proof? It’s probably easier to find a celebrity who hasn’t been hospitalized for exhaustion.
Hospitalized countless times for exhaustion and asthma. Lohan later admitted that she had problems with drugs and alcohol.
The 30 Rock star was hospitalized in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival after he reportedly got drunk and caused problems during a celebrity awards dinner. Of course, his rep denied the drinking rumors.
Sexy singer Rihanna has received IV drips more than once over the past couple of months for her “exhaustion” — the most recent being last week. Don’t worry, she was back out partying hours later.
The “Born This Way” singer has owned up to her cocaine past, but she’s about the only celebrity we believe is actually exhausted when she says she is. Gaga — known for her grueling touring schedule — was hospitalized for the ailment in 2010.
“I am so devastated. I have performed with the flu, a cold, strep throat: I would never cancel a show just based on discomfort… Paramedics came to take care of me, and told me my heart rate was irregular — a result of exhaustion and dehydration,” she tweeted at the time.
Of course, Ray J’s exhaustion is being blamed on his sadness over former girlfriend Whitney Houston’s death. We don’t doubt that he’s sad, but the timing — right after the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas — is a bit suspect. Whitney would be proud, though: She pioneered the exhaustion excuse when she was in the depths of her addiction.
Drug addiction isn’t funny, but we’ll always assume that’s what celebs are “afflicted” with when they get treatment for exhaustion. Just call it what it is — we’re not fooled anymore.