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'Friday Night Lights' Author Buzz Bissinger Enters Rehab for Shopping Addiction (Report)

The news comes a day after the writer's revelation that he's spent more than $600,000 on clothes since 2010.

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A day after Buzz Bissinger's extreme shopping addiction was revealed in a candid essay he penned for GQ, the Friday Night Lights author has reportedly entered rehab.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC News reported Wednesday that Bissinger has checked into an undisclosed facility to seek treatment for his addiction.

On Tuesday, the essay he wrote for next month's GQ was posted on the magazine's website and set the Internet abuzz with his many revelations, including that he has spent more than half a million dollars on clothes since 2010.

STORY: 'Friday Night Lights' Writer Buzz Bissinger Reveals Severe Shopping Addiction in GQ

"It wasn't until the preparation of this story that I actually took a detailed look at the items I have purchased from 2010 through 2012," Bissinger writes in his 6,000-word essay. "I was afraid, quite candidly, although a total of a quarter of a million dollars would not have fazed me. I was somewhat off: $587,412.97."  

Among his purchases are several pricey Gucci duds, including a $13,900 ostrich-skin coat, a $22,500 lambswool coat and a $5,600 pair of leather pants. Bissinger also attended Gucci's autumn/winter 2013 menswear show in Milan, Italy -- courtesy of the company -- where he purchased several more items, making his grand shopping total for the past few years stand at $638,412.

Meanwhile, Bissinger, who also owns 15 black leather jackets, admitted to a sex addition as well as an interest in S&M in his essay.

"I did engage in a relationship with a dominatrix after the failure of my second marriage," Bissinger wrote, noting that he left the scene after two years. "But I clearly missed it, the trappings of leather increasingly irresistible." 

He wrote in the essay that he's currently in therapy for sex addiction -- "since clothing and sex addiction for me have become one." 

In a statement to NBC News, he said he wrote the essay to help others who are struggling with addiction "as well as self-expression and the damage that can be done by denying who you are."

He added: "I wrote it because it was the only way I knew of coming to terms and getting the help I am now getting. I have no regrets about what I wrote but I also have nothing to add. The story speaks for itself."

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