Soul legend Chaka Khan was spotted arriving at LAX on Thursday evening with her signature red hair and shades. Despite delaying the release of her upcoming album, and canceling several tours due to health concerns, the singer was photographed sneaking a cigarette prior to boarding her flight. And with recent tabloid reports of a beef between her and Lindsay Lohan, we can’t blame her.
Chaka made headlines this week after it was reported that she and the troubled actress feuded during a rehab stint at Cliffside Malibu. According to a source, the singer checked out of the treatment center early due to “disruptive behavior” from Lilo.
Khan didn’t let those rumors fly, taking to her personal website to shut them down immediately.
“To choose to do what is necessary to better one’s self is commendable. I applaud Lindsay Lohan for doing the work. She is a lovely young lady and I pray for her well-being,” Khan wrote. “The battle of addiction is a serious and long process, which is why I chose to address my use of prescription medications — which came about as a result of the knee surgery I had a few years ago.
“When and if necessary, I will seek alternative methods and traditional treatment to stay ahead of any potential problem. So many are not here today, and have lost this battle with addiction,” the statement continued. “Because these medications are legal, their abuse is often unknown — until it’s too late. If not handled they are a silent killer.”
It’s nice to see a celebrity be so candid about their problems and struggles to overcome them.