Bobbi Kristina Brown's 'Distraught' Boyfriend Nick Gordon Checks into Rehab

Gordon is begging Bobbi Kristina's family to let him visit her in the hospital, despite their "toxic" romance

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Nick Gordon – the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown – has checked into rehab, a source tells PEOPLE.

“Nick did go to rehab,” says a source close to the Brown family. “He is very distraught over what is going on. He really wants to see her. He is upset about a lot of things: her being sick, him never getting respect (from her family.)”

It was revealed on Thursday that Dr. Phil McGraw held an “emotionally charged” intervention with the man Bobbi Kristina has called “her husband” on The Dr. Phil Show, which will air March 11 on CBS.

In the episode, Dr. Phil will be “offering Gordon the treatment he appears to so desperately need as he battles drug and alcohol addiction,” according to a CBS press release.

“As we sit here right now, my son’s life hangs in the balance,” says Gordon’s mother, Michelle, who appears in the episode with Dr. Phil, according to the release.

Bobbi Kristina’s family isn’t as supportive of Gordon – at least when it comes to the young couple’s relationship. Last month, a lawyer for her father, Bobby Brown, made a point to publicly clarify that Gordon and Bobbi Kristina were never married, even though she has stated they were husband and wife on social media.

Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston, took out a restraining order on Gordon last year. In 2013, her grandmother, Cissy Houston, wrote an open letter to Bobbi Kristina, telling her to wait to get married because “I think you’re too young.”

Gordon and Bobbi Kristina “had a very toxic and codependent relationship,” says the source close to the family. “They could never get on the right track.”

Police have launched an investigation into why the daughter of Whitney Houston, who turned 22 on March 4, was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub on Jan. 31.

Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant told PEOPLE that the police are “going to follow the evidence and see where it leads us.”

While the couple’s relationship could be rocky, Gordon was “the only person [Bobbi Kristina] really trusted was him,” says the source. “So even though they argued, she always went back to him.”

Gordon, who has been locked in a bitter feud with Brown, isn’t giving up trying to see Bobbi Kristina. “Let me in the hospital to see my girl and let her hear my voice,” he Tweeted on Feb. 21. “SHE WILL WAKE UP!!!”

After this and other public pleas to see Bobbi Kristina, her father released a statement through his lawyers claiming that “Mr. Gordon was offered an opportunity to potentially visit Bobbi Kristina and he declined to meet the terms of any possible visit. Obviously Mr. Gordon is not as desperate to visit Bobbi Kristina as he wants the world to believe.”

Gordon’s lawyers fired back with a statement of their own, saying, “Per his own words, Mr. Brown has only ‘offered an opportunity to potentially meet with Bobbi Kristina’ if Nick were to meet certain conditions, conditions that we, his attorneys, have advised him not to meet, particularly in light of Mr. Brown’s inability to guarantee access.”

Brown’s lawyers replied once more, implying that Gordon needed to explain exactly how Bobbi Kristina drowned before the Brown family would consider letting Gordon visit her bedside.

Gordon has also taken on Brown publicly, claiming on Twitter that the singer only saw his daughter four times in five years and that he and his family “want Whitney’s $$$ which belongs to Krissi or Cissy.”

Gordon’s lawyer had no comment when reached by PEOPLE on Saturday.

“The whole thing is a mess,” says the source close to the Brown family.


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