Malia Obama is rumored to have been shipped off to rehab for her drinking and drug use, one tabloid report claims of the 18-year-old’s three-month absence from the public eye.
Malia has been the subject of rumors for many months, as she has been spotted at drinking parties on college visits and smoking what appeared to be a joint at a concert this summer. But the incoming Harvard University student — Malia was accepted as a high school senior but decided to enroll in 2017, taking a year off — has been relatively quiet in the fall.
The reason for that may be a secret trip to rehab, Radar Online is reporting. The celebrity gossip site reported that Malia Obama could have gone to rehab during the time she wasn’t seen.
“Malia’s been caught up in a lot of scandal, and now she’s been MIA at a lot of family events. People are wondering if she went to rehab or if she’s just hiding out,” a source told the site.
“She’s been an embarrassment to Barack and Michelle, so it’s no wonder they want her out of the picture,” added the source.
‘Rebellious’ First Daughter Malia Obama Vanishes For 3 Months — Was She In Rehab? And what's up with her "gap year" https://t.co/95XGjBQj9i— slone (@slone) December 21, 2016
The report went on to note that Malia Obama was absent from two recent family outings — their November 23 visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and the December 1 Christmas tree lighting. According to Radar Online‘s source, that could be because the family is afraid of Malia’s behavior.
“The Obamas didn’t raise their daughter to behave like this,” the source claimed. “Malia is at that rebellious stage, and doing the opposite of what her parents tell her.”
It’s not clear what — if any — truth there is to the rumor that Malia Obama is headed to rehab, but it comes from a website that frequently posts rumors about the First Daughter. Radar Online has published a series of stories about Malia showing up to parties and spotted with what was described as marijuana. The outlet even quoted a photography expert to verify a picture of Malia with a bong in September.
“I have examined the image in detail,” Photoshop expert Alan Barry told Radar Online. “While what has been provided me is a very low-resolution image, it is nevertheless clear to me that the image of Malia has not in any way been manipulated using Photoshop or any similar software.”
Many of the rumors surrounding Malia Obama have already been debunked as false. In August, a claim that singer Ray J (famous for appearing in Kim Kardashian’s notorious sex tape) was in trouble with the secret service for sending her racy private messages.
But this report was cited as false both by Ray J’s representatives and the site Gossip Cop, which takes on tabloid hoaxes.
“Well, he wasn’t trying to talk to her about anything,” Gossip Cop noted. “The whole story is a complete fabrication. A rep for Ray J exclusively tells Gossip Cop that the allegations are ‘untrue and disrespectful to all parties.'”
And critics of the tabloid reports have noted that Malia Obama isn’t acting at all unusual for a now high school graduate who will be headed to what is considered the top college in the United States. She was never described as out-of-control in any of the instances where she’s been spotted partying, and drinking alcohol or even smoking marijuana aren’t seen as that unusual for a teenager.
The Radar Online report had another bombshell to drop. Aside from the rumor that Malia Obama is headed to rehab, the site noted that Barack and Michelle Obama “are hashing out a deal to end their 24-year marriage as soon as they leave the White House.” There was no source to back this claim, however.
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