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El DeBarge checks in to rehab

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El DeBarge, the 1980’s singing star who was attempting a career comeback after a 16-year recording sabbatical, has checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. In a statement, the 49-year-old 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. I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time.”

DeBarge, who’d been nominated for two Grammys this year for his album, Second Chance, was slated to begin a tour this week, but Billboard reports that Musiq Soulchild will be performing in his place.