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.
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.
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.
- Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge (b. March 10, 1955)
- Thomas “Tommy” DeBarge (b. September 6, 1957)
- William “Randy” DeBarge (b. August 6, 1958)
- Mark “Marty” DeBarge (born June 19, 1959)
- Eldra “El” DeBarge (b. June 4, 1961)
- James DeBarge (b. August 22, 1963)
- Jonathan Arthur “Chico” DeBarge (b. June 23, 1966)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.