Billy Joel has checked himself into a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital for a "personal problem," his record label said.

Billy Joel has checked himself into a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital for a "personal problem," his record label said. The 53-year-old, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is staying at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. A brief statement released by Columbia Records said: "Billy Joel recently checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital for a planned 10-day stay to deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed."

"Joel scheduled his stay in Silver Hill several weeks ago and expects to leave in a few days, as planned," the statement continued. A publicist for Joel was unavailable for comment. The Stanford (Conn.) Advocate, citing unidentified sources, said the singer was receiving counseling at Silver Hill's chemical dependency treatment center.

Joel recently rescheduled concert tour dates with Elton John, after being placed under a doctor's supervision for acute laryngitis, inflamed vocal cords, and an upper-respiratory infection.

The artist joins a long list of celebrities who have spent time at the psychiatric and substance abuse treatment center. Mariah Carey checked into Silver Hill last summer after suffering an "emotional and physical breakdown," according to her publicist. Other notable patients have included Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and Gregg Allman.


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