NEW YORK — Marc Jacobs has checked himself into rehab.

After seven years of sobriety, the designer relapsed recently and decided to undergo a second round of in-patient rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse. The day after showing his Louis Vuitton collection in Paris, Jacobs, who has publicly acknowledged substance abuse problems in the past, left the French capital and flew to a treatment facility in Arizona.

Reached for comment on Monday, Jacobs' business partner Robert Duffy confirmed the rumor that had started to circulate around New York. "Marc made the right decision," Duffy said. "He'd been sober for seven years. When he relapsed, he wanted to deal with it right away.

"According to the experts, such a relapse isn't uncommon," Duffy continued. "Thankfully, Marc recognized the problem himself and chose to deal with it. Obviously, our prayers are with him."

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