Teri DeBarge: Bobby DeBarge’s Wife – Where Is She Now?

How often do we remember those who were once very popular? Teri DeBarge came to the spotlight back in the ’90s from her marital relationship with renowned American singer Bobby DeBarge.

After Bobby died of AIDS in 1995, the lady soon faded away from the limelight. However, her profound love for her husband has not yet gone.

Let’s jump right into the life of Bobby DeBarge’s wife and what she’s been up to.

Who is Teri DeBarge? Bobby DeBarge Marriage With Wife 

Born as Teri Lee Gayle, Teri DeBarge became popular after her six years of married relationship with Bobby DeBarge.

Reportedly, the duo tied the knot on December 10, 1990, several years after they first met in the mid-eighties.

We’ve learned that Teri DeBarge was 15 years of age when she met Bobby. At that time, Bobby was in his early 30’s.

Teri DeBarge Young, Now, Today, 2020,. Teenage
Teri DeBarge and Bobby’s young picture.

The duo were passionately in love with each other. Eventually, Bobby and his wife became the proud parents of two kids; and both were during Teri’s late teenage years.

And of course, after being the wife of Bobby, she also extended her relationship becoming the sister-in-law of bobby’s nine siblings.

Rumors fled that Monique DeBarge: El DeBarge’s ex-wife, with whom Teri lived, helped her hook up with Bobby. But honestly, I don’t know if it’s true.

If you do know anything leave in the comment box below.

About Teri’s Loving Husband – Bobby DeBarge

The lead singer of Motown R&B/soul vocal group Switch, Bobby DeBarge was remembered for his falsetto vocals.

Bobby" The SWITCH band
The Switch Band

The oldest children of Robert DeBarge and his wife Etterlene DeBarge, Bobby’s real name was Robert Louis DeBarge Jr. who was born on March 5, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Robert Jr. got blessed with nine siblings two of them were fraternal twins.

  1. Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge (b. March 10, 1955)
  2. Thomas “Tommy” DeBarge (b. September 6, 1957)
  3. William “Randy” DeBarge (b. August 6, 1958)
  4. Mark “Marty” DeBarge (born June 19, 1959)
  5. Eldra “El” DeBarge (b. June 4, 1961)
  6. James DeBarge (b. August 22, 1963)
  7. Jonathan Arthur “Chico” DeBarge (b. June 23, 1966)
  8. Twins – Darrel “Young” DeBarge & Carol “Peaches” DeBarge (b. June 5, 1969)

A surprising fact is Bobby’s dad had five other children from his extra-marital relationship.

Bobby DeBarge with his mother, brother El and wife
Bobby DeBarge with his mother, brother El DeBarge (singer)

Similar is the case of Robert Jr. who was in a relationship with Michael Jackson‘s sister La Toya Yvonne Jackson. As a matter of fact, La Toya became the inspiration for Switch’s 1979 hit “I Call Your Name”.

In 1988, Teri DeBarge husband was sentenced five years for drug trafficking charges. He was addicted to heroin starting from the early ’70s and later to cocaine and crack.

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Bobby revealed from prison to his family of having contracted with HIV. DeBarge’s intense sickness led his family to send him to a hospice in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he died of AIDS on August 16, 1995 at the age of 39.

Today, Teri’s ex-husband Bobby DeBarge is buried in Garfield Park Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Teri’s Children: Christian and Bobby DeBarge Jr.

Christian DeBarge is the eldest son of Like Heaven singer. Similarly, Bobby DeBarge Jr. is the second of Bobby and Teri DeBarge who has a similar falsetto like his father.

We’ve also learned that Christian married to an Asian woman and they have a daughter. Similarly, he is good at drawing anime cartoons.

The next generation of DeBarge’s, Bobby DeBarge Jr. loves making music with cousins’ Andrew DeBarge (Tommy’s son), Kristinia DeBarge (James’ daughter), and Eldra Debarge Jr. (El’s son).

Where is Teri DeBarge now?

After the demise of her Bobby DeBarge: a loving husband, brother and son, the DeBarge family and Teri actively engaged to keep the legacy alive.

Many of his nephews and niece have pursued their careers in music, while Teri has done a remarkable job, telling the story of her husband as a producer.

She helped produce the 2008 TV program ‘Unsung’, that showcases the influential, talented yet forgotten R&B, Soul and Gospel artists of the second half of the twentieth century.

Most recently in 2019, she helped in producing TV One’s original The Bobby DeBarge Story, which explores the tumultuous life of Bobby DeBarge, premiered on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Teri DeBarge and son Bobby DeBarge Jr., Christian DeBarge: Kids, Children, Sons
Teri DeBarge and her second son Bobby DeBarge Jr. during The Bobby DeBarge Story Premiere

You can find the sounds of Bobby’s son Bobby DeBarge Jr. at the end of the movie that surely has something similar with the falsetto for which his father was praised by the world.

That’s all folks! I know there’s lots of controversy going around the DeBarge family with molestation. But I wanted to keep it as it is.

I hope this helped you find out about Bobby DeBarge’s wife Teri DeBarge, a bit more than you did. If I missed anything, feel free to leave a message or comment down below.

23 Comments

  1. Bessie

    I was wondering that same thing cause if he had it in the eighths and he married her in the ninetysand they have to sons if she was infected to but then to maybe she was just blessed no to catch it but that’s good to

    • Judy Jones

      No she was blessed not to catch it. ☺

  2. Nikki Haley

    Aye yalll…PHUCK all da BS AND NEGLECT bout my 1st🕊KRUSH!!! Born in 1968, i grew up w/SWITCH!!
    LUVD&STILL LUVZ ME MY BOBBY!!!
    I OOHHHH SOOOOO H8 DATT DEY DO NOT GIVZ HIM HIS PROPS….🖕
    BOBBY MY BOIEE…THEN&NOW⚘!!
    STILL…ALWAYS AND FASHO💯♥️💜…HE DZRV HELLA MO THAN HE AINT GITTIN…EVN NOW IN 2021🥺

  3. Nikki Haley

    Im on a pursuit 2obtain ‘IT’S NOT OVER’….i abso truly indeed and FaSho…LUVZ ME SUM BOBBY!!!!
    HIS DEMISE, AINT HIS FAULT!!!😭

  4. Nikki Haley

    Aye…we lost BOBBY in 95, same yr i lost my beloved PHYLLIS AND MY TEJANO QUEEN, SELENA Q..💔💔
    THEN…we lost TEENA MARIE..born ZAKLY same day/yr as BOBBY 🤯🥰
    MAANNN.. I AM TATTED WIT EERR BODY I DUNN LOSS🕊💘, BUT NVR KNEW…I H8 HOW WE LOSS OUR ⚰ HEROES…AND THEY NVR EVN KNO

  5. Nikki Haley

    Aye…i lost BOBBY, same yr i loss HYMAN AND QUINTANILLA.😱HE was born same day/yr as T.MARIE, and passed ona same day/diff yr… as ARETHA…WOW…🧐😵😱😭♥️

    • I remember the group, they were so admired and very handsome young. I really enjoy their music. Until today I still do.

  6. Latisha heise

    I was wondering if Bobby debarge wife contacted HIV.i would have thought she did if he found out well after they were married

    • Judy Jones

      No she was blessed not to get it.☺

  7. DC

    Teri is good! She didn’t catch the virus that killed her husband. Read the autobiographies. Mama D’s book is very powerful. So is Tommy’s and the older sister’s books. Very interesting but also very sad story. Bobby had it very rough growing up. My heart went out to him. Love you Bobby baby!!!!

  8. Nikki Haley

    Aye…dis Nikki again…sitn haar sipn&spin’n summ SWITCH 💖
    JUZ 2👂. . BOBBY!!!! Aye…my 1st KRUSH back in 70s, DSRZ SOOOO GD MURRCH MO, EVN 2DAY😭🤬!!

  9. Nikki Haley

    Juz read summ past posts..2c is ANYBODY EVR GOTZ A REPLY 🤔
    BUT2ALL DISS 🐃💩💩 bout HIV..
    PHUCK YALL!!! BOBBY AINT DIE IN VAIN…AND HE DAMM SHO AINT ASK, XPEK NOR INTENTIONALLY NVITE DAT SHEEAAT..PHUCK YALL

  10. Judy Jones

    Wow! I was really impressed at how accurate the writer was with the dates and location of something’s, only one thing I saw that was wrong and that is Tommy’s birthday is September 5th our Birthday’s are the same day but good job. ☺👍

  11. Nikki Haley

    Aye Maine…lisn RHETT NOW to my 1st CRUSH…Bobby Debarge!!💜♥️
    Sangin “U&I”…to whoever’s givzz a dammm…PHUCK daGRAMMY ppl..
    BOBBY DSRV SOOOO MURRCH MO

  12. Nikki Haley

    Me again….i SOOOOO H8 datt R&B, OL SKOOL datt is…dunn lett BOBBY B4’GOTTNN…🤔💔💔🤨🤨🙄🙄😭
    DUNT WANN SHEEAAT FRM YALL..
    I JUZ LUVZ ME SUMM BOBBY🥰😫

  13. Nikki Haley

    Mz Teri… aye!!! Cannot say enuff 2nobody!!!! Bout my LOVE FOR BOBBY!!!! BET AWARDS AINT 💩
    BCUZ THEY DONT REC/ACKNOW PHOLK LIKE MY 1ST KRUSH🕊⚘

  14. Nikki Haley

    Me again…sipn&spin’n with JOSE & BOBBY…”U&I”…LUVZ ME SUMM♡♡
    BOBBY DEBARGE.. PERIOD ❣❣❣

  15. Alicia

    Loved. The Bobby debarge movie it was awesome! I never knew he was the lead dingiest in switch until I watched the movie and listened to his songs the other day, he was very talented !

    • Vera CLEMONS

      I didn’t no that the debargs dad treated them like that. I saw bobby debarge story. I LOVE THE DEBARGE GOD BLESS THE FAMILY.,

  16. Alicia

    Loved. The Bobby debarge movie it was awesome! I never knew he was the lead dingiest in switch until I watched the movie and listened to his songs the other day, he was very talented !

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