Canadian rapper and singer Drake said he will take a hiatus from making music to focus on his health.
The 36-year-old announced on an episode of “Table For One” on SiriusXM’s Sound 42 that he needed to step away for “maybe a year or so” due to recurring stomach issues.
“I probably won’t make music for a little bit,” Drake said, according to the New York Post.
“I’m going to be real with you. I need to focus on my health, first and foremost, and I’ll talk about that soon enough. Nothing crazy, but just like, you know, I want people to be healthy in life,” he added.
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The New York Post reports:
“I’ve been having the craziest problems for years with my stomach. I’m just saying what it is,” the rapper continued. “So, I need to focus on my health, and I need to get [that] right, and I’m going to that.
“I have a lot of other things that I would love to focus on. So, I’ma lock the door in the studio for a little bit. I don’t even know what a little bit is,” he continued. “Maybe a year or so, maybe a little longer.”
The news comes after the rapper featured his 5-year-old son, Adonis, in the music video for his new single, “8AM in Charlotte,” which dropped on Thursday.
Drake says he is taking a break from music for a year or longer to focus on his health and deal with stomach problems:
“I need to focus on my health, first and foremost… maybe a year or something, maybe a little longer.” pic.twitter.com/6f8ZxSfY7d
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NBC News added:
A representative for Drake declined to comment further on the musician’s hiatus.
Drake announced his break from music just hours before the worldwide release of his latest album, “For all the Dogs.”
“For all the Dogs” is his eighth studio album and includes 23 songs with features from 21 Savage, SZA, J. Cole, Bad Bunny and Chief Keef, among others.
Drake released one of the songs from the album, “8am in Charlotte,” ahead of the full album drop. The song’s official video features his son, Adonis Graham, who drew the art for the album — a goat, that he calls “Daddy Goat.”