ADDICTED TO ANITA

Source: Sunday Mail December 1999

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

Queen
star Brian treated in clinic to cure obsession with his TV lover Dobson
ROCK legend Brian May is secretly being treated at a top dependency
clinic...for his addiction to lover Anita Dobson.

The troubled Queen guitarist, 52, booked into the exclusive Cottonwood
Clinic
in Arizona, a favourite with celebrity addicts.

He flew out after telling friends his obsession with his on-off girlfriend
of
12 years was ruining his life.

And the curly-haired multi-millionaire even flew his two eldest children
Jimmy,
21, and Louisa, 18, to the desert clinic for group therapy sessions.

He also begged his ex-wife Chrissy - who he dumped for Anita - to join in
the
rehabilitation treatment but she refused.

Now Brian, who has found a young new audience after linking up with hit boy
band 5ive at the Brit Awards, is continuing weekly sessions with a
Cottonwood
counsellor in London.

It was at the suggestion of his therapist that the star and former
EastEnder
Anita, 50, flew off on a "new beginning" sunshine holiday to the Seychelles
and
Mauritius two weeks, ago.

Brian wrote the 1996 song Too Much Love Will Kill You about his
relationship
with Anita, and Queen's long run of hits also includes the Crazy Little
Thing
Called Love.

Last night a friend said: "Brian has tried, but he can't live without
Anita.
They often cause each other nothing but misery, but Brian is lost without
her.

"He says he is addicted to her like some people are addicted to drink or
drugs.
The therapy sessions are aimed at letting him have a more normal
relationship
with Anita rather than his weird obsession with her. Brian feels it is the
only
way they can make their love work."

The rocker secretly booked into the clinic - where model Naomi Campbell and
former Beatle Ringo Starr have both been patients - when friends feared he
was
heading for a breakdown.

He joined other addicts, who were forced to confess to their cravings for
alcohol and drugs, in lengthy "healing" sessions.

Brian's decision to seek treatment followed a series of bitter rifts with
his
lover. Last year they split after he began an affair with his married
secretary
Julie Glover. Anita had phoned Julie's unsuspecting husband, showbiz agent
John
Glover, to tell him his wife was sleeping with her boss. Then she gave
Brian an
ultimatum that he must dump and sack his PA.

He told Julie he was going back to Anita and dismissed her from her job in
the
office of his mansion in Windlesham, Surrey.

But friends said the whole episode left the star feeling traumatised and in
need of professional help. At the clinic, near Tucson, he began a series of
counselling sessions.

May's friend said: "He let all his emotions out. he is desperate to find
out
what Anita has that he can't do without. When they split last year over his
affair with Julie, Brian thought it was for the best. He felt that they
were
not doing each other any good. He seemed happy with Julie. She is
attractive
and a very warm person and was completely mad about him.

"All his friends thought Brian had finally got Anita out of his system and
he
seemed determined that it was over. But as time went on he began to miss
her.
He said he needed to be with her and he dropped Julie like a stone.

"Julie loved him so much she gave him up because she wants him to be
happy."

The friend added: "Doctors made Brian realise that he had been relying too
much
on his children for support.

"Whenever he was having problems with Anita he would be on the phone to
them
pouring out his heart. The counsellors said he needed to treat them like
his
children and not his friends because it was not fair to burden them with
the
problems in his l