Drake Stepping Away From Music to Focus on His Health

LOS ANGELES - JUN 4: Drake at the LA Premiere Of HBO's "Euphoria" at the Cinerama Dome on June 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (Shutterstock)

Drake surprised the music world by announcing he’s taking a break from the industry, to focus on his health.

The “One Dance” rapper made the announcement Friday while promoting his new album “For All the Dogs,” during an interview on Sirius XM’s “Table For One.”

“I got some other things I need to do for some other people that I made promises to, but I probably won’t make music for a little bit. I’m going to be real with you. I need to focus on my health, first and foremost,” he said.

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A short time later, the 36-year-old music star offered more details, saying his health problems are “nothing crazy,” but he’s been dealing with them for some time.

“I want people to be healthy in life, and I’ve been having the craziest problems for years with my stomach. So I need to focus on my health and I need to get right,” he explained. “So I’m going to lock the door on the studio for a little bit… maybe a year or something, maybe a little longer.”

[Listen to the interview below]

The Degrassi: The Next Generation star released his first album, Thank Me Later, in 2010.

His eighth solo studio album, For All the Dogs, dropped on Oct. 6. It features guest appearances from Teezo Touchdown, 21 Savage, J. Cole, Yeat, SZA, PartyNextDoor, Chief Keef, Bad Bunny, Sexyy Red, and Lil Yachty.

The first two singles were “Slime You Out” and “8AM in Charlotte.”

“Slime You Out” is Drake and SZA’s first song together. But the artwork for the single raised eyebrows when it was released last month because Drake used a picture of Halle Berry being slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Berry criticized the Canadian rapper on Instagram, saying he used the image without her consent.