It was very disheartening to hear the news about El DeBarge’s drug relapse after what was shaping up to be one helluva comeback. The former lead singer of the ’80s R&B sibling group DeBarge recently checked himself into a treatment facility to deal with his ongoing battle with drugs. In a statement released early last week by his label, Geffen Records, El thanked his fans and requested privacy while he deals with his personal demons:

“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.”

According to BV Buzz, hip-hop superstar 50 Cent was one of the catalysts behind El seeking treatment for his drug dependency. The “Second Chance” singer’s drug issues (and those of his siblings) are well-documented and span multiple decades. In a very candid interview last year, El said of his addiction:

“I picked up a crack pipe when I was 25-years-old because I wanted to try it, and it took me 22 years to un-try it. But it’s a wrap now. I lost all that time with a pipe in my mouth. Now it’s a mic to my mouth.” (USA Today)

Let’s hope El’s able to “un-try it” on a permanent basis this time around. He’s in our prayers.

About the hip hop socialite:
Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite got her start in the hip-hop industry when she accepted an offer to work on a temporary basis in the promotions department of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records in 2006. It was there where she first began putting her experiences with the industry onto paper, utilizing the writing skills she acquired while earning her Juris Doctor degree from the law school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. more.....

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