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'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin Checks Into Psychiatric Facility After Suicide Scare
Says the season-two finalist: "I am getting help"
American Idol season-two alum Josh Gracin has been discharged from the hospital and has voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient psychiatric facility, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
In a statement to THR, Gracin said he is taking full responsibility for his actions and is moving forward.
"I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. I take responsibility for my actions and apologize dearly for what I have put my family through. With the help of my family and friends, I am getting help," he said. "Again, thank you for your love, and I will see you very soon."
As previously reported, Gracin, who finished in fourth place on the 2003 edition of the Fox singing competition, left a note on Facebook in which he wrote, "Please remember me as someone who gave his all in music. … Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."
The former Marine, who began the competition singing pop songs by Edwin McCain but transitioned to country with songs by Garth Brooks and the Mark Chesnutt version of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," alluded to marital problems on social media.
"I've loved her for 17 years … I made mistakes … I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most," he wrote.
One month prior, all seemed OK. The singer had tweeted beautiful family vacation photos, and he was getting ready to release an independent EP, Worth This Love, in the fall. He also had plans to shoot a video in September.
"Albums aren't selling," Gracin told West Virginia Gazette. "Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on one record when you can release an EP every couple of months and do pretty much the same thing?"
Since Idol, Gracin went on to chart 11 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, including the No. 1 "Nothin' to Lose." His self-titled album in 2004 hit No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 11 on the Billboard 200, with 705,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He subsequently released two more albums and racked up more hits, including the eerily titled top 10 song "I Want to Live."
Gracin's manager, Amy MacIntosh of Artist Manager Private Label Studios , tweeted from the singer's Twitter handle that Gracin is "safe and with his family."
On. Aug. 15, MacIntosh released the following update:
As many of you know, Josh Gracin has been battling depression and as a result found himself in a personal crisis yesterday. Thanks to the outpouring of concern from family, friends, fans and the police, Josh was admitted to the hospital for observation.
With family by his side, Josh has since been discharged from the hospital and has voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient facility to seek the help he needs.
An update on the singer's Facebook page reports that an appearance at tomorrow's Live on the Levee show in Charleston, W.Va., has been canceled. Country music artist Trent Tomlinson will be performing in his place.
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.