El DeBarge has had a lot going on since we last saw him. When he reappeared for the first time on the BET awards and his beautiful falsetto was still in tact, we immediately fell in line as groupies all over again.
He’s been out of the music game for 16 years suffering with a drug problem. But now he’s asking everyone to give him a second chance as his new album is so appropriately named. He has been travelling the country singing songs from his superstar days with the family group DeBarge, but he’s also been introducing everyone to tracks off the new album.
In the Jet magazine article that hit stands Monday, he talks about his 22-year drug addiction and fathering 12 children he barely knows with five different women (three of which he was married to). He is quite candid in the article about his drug addiction and losing one of his children to “the system.” He told the magazine how important his second chance with his children means more to him than his recording career.
“God gave me a second chance. I am so very glad with what is going on with my career, but I want to be a success in my relationship with my children”, DeBarge told Jet.
The title track celebrates redemption. His latest tune is “When I See You” and the CD also includes the sensual “Lay With You” wiht Faith Evans. Rapper 50 Cent joins him on “Format”, and Fabolous is featured on “5 Seconds”. DeBarge says the heartful tune “Joyful” “sums up where I am right now.”
The singer says he was only a teenager when his first child was born. “I was in no way ready when my daughter was born. But I want to be a good father to her.”
His oldest daughter, Adris, 31, began to know him about two years ago.
“It is brand new and I am enjoying it to the fullest”, she says. “What gives me so much joy and so much pride right now at this point in our lives is to just watch him and be able to see him sober and happy, so happy and whole. It really is such a gift to have him around.”
Adris has grown to realize that perhaps it was best that her dad wasn’t around when he was doing drugs all those years.
“Actually I consider it a blessing in disguise. I didn’t need to see the struggle he was going through. Actually I now thank him for the absence. If you are going to be in that lifestyle, at least he kept it at a distance from his child.”
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