Soul star Whitney Houston is planning another spiritual trip back to Israel - once she gets out of drugs rehabilitation.

The troubled singer - who has checked into an unknown rehab facility in a bid to kick her drug problems whilst husband Bobby Brown is in jail - has been in touch with African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem elders through her family.

Houston visited members of the sect during a bizarre trip to Israel last year (03), and a spokesman claims the religious group was the spark that got the superstar thinking about counselling.

The Aftrican Hebrew Israelites spokesperson says, "I said to Whitney, 'You've got to go to the people that can help you both medically and spiritually.'

"She had accepted the fact that she needed additional help. We know that medical help is important, but she also said that, as soon as this is over, she wants to go back to Israel.

"When that happens, I will give her a big hug and say, 'We're with you all the way, sis.'"

19/03/2004 09:25