Billie Joe Armstrong was sober for 12 months before falling off the wagon last weekend while performing in Las Vegas, leading to an onstage meltdown and a trip to rehab, a family friend told Celebuzz.

Claudia Suarez Wright, the ex-wife of Green Day drummer Frank Edwin Wright III (aka Tre Cool) confirmed Armstrong entered rehab Tuesday.

"He's doing OK. He's with his family," Wright told Celebuzz. "He's in rehab and his family is by his side."

Wright, whose son is Billie Joe's godchild, revealed details that led to the difficult decision to get help.

"When he was in Vegas he was drinking a lot. The night of the show he had been drinking," said Claudia, adding that her ex-husband texted her yesterday about the band's ultimate conclusion.

"In Las Vegas there's a lot of temptation to drink and it's tough to be around when you're fighting against it," she said. "They have a new album coming out and it's a demanding lifestyle. It's very difficult."

According to Wright, Armstrong had been sober for more than a year.

"He's my son's godfather so it's very hard for kids to see this happen. And it must be very difficult for his wife and family," she said.

She confirmed his rehab stint has nothing to do with the incident in Italy earlier this month when Armstrong was admitted to the hospital and forced to cancel a performance.

"He was actually sick in Italy and it was not from drinking," Wright said, which was earlier confirmed to Celebuzz by Billie Joe's mother Ollie Armstrong, who said "he picked up a bug or it was food poisoning".


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The news of him getting treatment for substance abuse apparently came as a shock to Armstrong's family.

"He was fine yesterday (on Saturday)," his aunt Judith Armstrong told Celebuzz. "We were on an airplane together and he was fine."

This unfolded after the 40-year-old rocker went off on a bizarre rant Friday during the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

When the band was given a one-minute warning to wrap their set, Armstrong lost it and screamed, "You're (expletive) kidding me. What the (expletive) I'm not (expletive) Justin Bieber, you mother (expletives). I got one minute, one minute left."

The band issued a statement on their official Facebook page on Sunday: "Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances."

The band's scheduled Friday night show at the Fillmore in San Francisco has been canceled. No makeup date has been announced.

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