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Shortly after releasing his first new album in 16 years, R&B star El DeBarge
(former lead singer of the sibling group DeBarge
) has cancelled what was to be his big comeback tour and went the other way instead -- by checking himself into rehab for substance abuse. In a statement released to the press, DeBarge said, "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."
DeBarge, 49, cancelled all scheduled performances, including a major tour with Kem and Ledisi that was supposed to kick off this Thursday in Texas. Prior to his latest comeback effort, DeBarge served time in prison for violating probation. Ironically, his latest album, released this past November, is entitled 'Second Chance.'
Um... third time's a charm?
Watch El DeBarge's 'Lay With You' feat. Faith Evans video.