DMX cancels upcoming concerts to return to rehab

The rapper is “putting family and sobriety first.”

Rap veteran DMX has canceled his upcoming gigs in order to check into a rehab facility.

The New York rapper’s team broke the news on social media over the weekend. “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” a statement on his Instagram reads. “He apologizes for his canceled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

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DMX was originally scheduled to perform at New York’s Rolling Loud festival last Sunday, but fans noticed that he was removed from the line-up that morning. The rapper was also notably absent from Def Jam’s 35th anniversary party in Brooklyn last Thursday. According to a Page Six source, DMX was unavailable then due to “personal reasons.”

The rapper born Earl Simmons has long struggled with substance abuse, and has been arrested multiple occasions for illegal drug use. In 2017, DMX opened up to radio host Big Boy in a candid interview about his cocaine addiction, saying that he plans to stay clean.

“I’ll have a drink here and there. But that was never a problem,” the rapper said. “Cocaine [was the problem]. … I got in trouble and all that shit. It’s not worth it. I spent too much time doing things. It’s just not worth it.”

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In January, DMX was released from prison after spending a year behind bars for tax fraud. He was arrested on charges that he withheld $1.7 million in taxes over five years, and pled guilty to one count of tax fraud in November 2017.

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