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R&B veteran El DeBarge has entered a drug rehabilitation center. Having known for several weeks that the ‘Second Chance’ singer was facing some challenges in regards to his sobriety, his label Geffen Records has now confirmed and issued a statement about DeBarge seeking treatment.

“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. I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time,” stated DeBarge.

Though Geffen Records is saying the 49-year-old singer “voluntarily checked himself” into rehab, knows that DeBarge had a serious relapse in recent weeks and it was rap star 50 Cent who played a significant part in helping get the singer into a recovery facility.

Regardless, all of DeBarge’s personal appearances and shows have been postponed.

The singer was slated to appear on the R&B star Kem’s ‘Intimacy Tour’ with Ledisi, which kicks off on Feb. 17 in Houston.

(Courtesy- Black Voices)