11:31 AM EST, January 16, 2014
Country music superstar Trace Adkins was reportedly thrown into the brig on a cruise ship after getting into a brawl with another passenger, a Trace Adkins impersonator.
Today, he is rehab being treated for problems with alcohol. Adkins had been on the wagon for 12 years.
Passengers say it all happened on board the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, in the Caribbean.
One passenger told reporters, "They threw him in the brig, is what I heard. And he was in jail for a couple of nights, and he was pretty rude to a little girl as well. So, I don't know, I think he just had a meltdown."
Another passenger said, "I wish what happened hadn't happened. And we, on the ship are all disappointed that we don't get to see him perform because he's a great performer and a really, truly wonderful man."
Adkins first met the impersonator, identified as a Chicago man named Mike, at a country music event in 2007. This was his reaction: "Seperated at birth and I've been looking for you all these years! That's really weird. How you doing, man? What's your name?"
But he had a very different reaction on the cruise ship this week.
The 6' 6" singer reportedly got into it with the look-alike after hearing him sing karaoke and signing autographs as Trace Adkins. Passengers reportedly say Adkins confronted the look-alike in his cabin.
The 52-year-old singer won Donald Trump's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in May last year and just last month he hosted the American Country Awards with Danica Patrick.
Adkins was scheduled to perform on the country-themed cruise along with Wynona Judd and other singing stars.
The ship sailed from Miami last Sunday. Adkins left the ship when it docked in Jamaica. It's unclear whether he jumped ship or was asked to leave.
Adkin's spokesman confirmed: "Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism. As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family's privacy will be respected."