R&B star EL DEBARGE has stalled his comeback and checked into rehab to address years of substance abuse.
The Rhythm of the Night hitmaker, 49, has released a statement revealing he's taking a time out to finally fix his issues.
He says, "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."
El Debarge was in the midst of a major comeback after putting his career on hold for 16 years. He released a new album, Second Chance, last November (10).
He has postponed all scheduled performances on a tour with Kem and Ledisi, which was scheduled to start in Houston, Texas on Thursday (17Feb11). Musiq Soulchild will replace him on the bill.