This is a real bummer to have to report. And it’s something quite frankly we were afraid would or could happen and it did happen.
After crafting a dynamic comeback album called “Second Chance,” El DeBarge has fallen off the sobriety wagon.
The singer, whose history with substance abuse has long been documented, has voluntarily checked himself back into a rehabilitation facility to seek treatment for an assumed relapse.
“I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone,” said the singer in a statement. “I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time.”
The 49-year-old has been battling drug abuse for the past decade. In 2001, he was arrested for cocaine possession, and was again detained in 2006 for possession of a controlled substance.
Sadly DeBarge was set to tour with headlining act KEM and opener Ledisi starting this Thursday, but was replaced by Musiq (Soulchild) on Monday.
“Second Chance” was released to critical acclaim last November.