Teri DeBarge is the wife of late American singer and musician Bobby DeBarge. If you like to listen to 70s or 80s R&B/soul music, you might remember him because he was the lead singer of the Motown R&B/soul vocal group Switch and was noted for his falsetto vocals.
He was also the mentor and co-producer of his siblings’ band, DeBarge. After the departure of members El and Bunny, he joined them to fill their roles but unfortunately, he go addicted to heroin. Later, he contracted HIV in the 1980s and died of AIDS complications on 16th August 1995 at the age of 39.
Many might already know about him but very little is known about his wife and following the death of her husband, many are interested to know about her life and whereabouts. If you are also interested to know then you are in the right place because we will tell you everything you need to know about Teri DeBarge in this article.
Everything to know about Teri DeBarge
Teri DeBarge came into the limelight only after she got married to the late American singer and musician Bobby DeBarge. The two had met each other in the mid-eighties and they started dating. They dated for some years before deciding to walk down the aisle on 10th December 1990.
Surprisingly, it is revealed that Teri was just 15 years old whereas Bobby was already in his early 30s. Furthermore, there are also rumors that El DeBarge’s ex-wife Monique DeBarge might have helped the two get together.
However, not much is known about her birth date and place as she has managed to put her under the wraps of media and outlets. But it is estimated that she must be in her late 40s or early 50s. Talking about her body measurements, she is 5’2″ (157.5 cm) tall and she weighs about 50 kg. She has a pair of black eyes and black hair. Unfortunately, there is no information available about her family background or her childhood.
It was rumored that she was in a relationship with Randy before getting married to Bobby and she also had an affair with El after the death of her husband.
Who is Bobby DeBarge?
Bobby DeBarge was born on 5th March 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. His full name is Robert Louis “Bobby” DeBarge, Jr. and he was born to Etterlene (neé Abney) and Army soldier Robert DeBarge, Sr. He had nine siblings whose names are Etterlene, Thomas, William, Mark, Eldra, James, Jonathan, Darrel, and Carol. Additionally, he had five-half siblings from his dad’s extra-marital affairs.
He had an unfortunate past because of his father’s abusiveness so he was introduced to heroin at the age of 15, which became his lifelong addiction. Unfortunately, his parents separated and divorced in the early 1970s. After that, Bobby DeBarge and his family relocated to Grand Rapids and he began playing in local bands along with his younger brother Tommy.
Bobby was a talented instrumentalist and vocalist and he became the lead singer of a famous Motown R&B/soul vocal group known as Switch. He was very well-known and appreciated for his falsetto vocals and he also became the producer of the band DeBarge which he started with his siblings.
Gay rumors and relationship
Surprisingly, he was bisexual and he had stayed in a relationship with a gay man named Tony. They used to live together in a condo in California for three years. Just like Bobby, Tony also died due to AIDS complications.
He was in a relationship with the sister of Michael Jackson, namely La Toya Jackson. It was revealed that his song “I Call Your Name” was influenced by her. Furthermore, he also wrote a song in response to Jackson’s single as he mentioned Jackson’s song “Night Time Lover” in the Switch ballad “You & I”.
However, DeBarge had split from Jackson and got married to Terri after that. DeBarge was sentenced to five years in jail for drug trafficking charges at the age of 22 as he had started taking drugs in his early years. He also spoke out the truth that he had contracted HIV while he was in jail. He died at the age of 38 due to AIDS complications on 16th August 1995 and he was buried in Garfield Park Cemetry.
Does she have any children?
During her relationship with Bobby, she has given birth to two children. Both of her children are sons and their names are Christian DeBarge and Bobby DeBarge Jr. Both of them have settled in their life.
Her eldest son named Christian DeBarge draws anime cartoons and he is married to an Asian woman. Together, they have welcomed a daughter. Unfortunately, not much is known about them as they live a private life.
On the other hand, her younger son named Bobby DeBarge Jr. is following in his father’s footsteps as he is pursuing a career in music. He has the vocals of falsetto just like his father Bobby. He is doing good in his career and he composes music along with his cousins Andrew DeBarge, Kristinia DeBarge, and Eldra DeBarge Jr. Bobby is currently single and he wants to keep the tradition of music in his family alive so he is focused on music.
What is she up to these days?
Teri Debarge came into the limelight only after she got married to Bobby and people only knew her as the wife of Bobby DeBarge. She was not part of the entertainment industry and she wasn’t popular as well.
Teri was just 20 years old when her husband died. However, she manages the livelihood of herself and also her sons. Currently, she is a producer and she has produced a lot of movies and TV programs related to her deceased husband, Bobby DeBarge.
She produced a TV program known as ‘Unsung’ which was related to R&B, Soul Gospel Singers in 2008. In 2019, she also produced The DeBarge Story which talked about the life story of Bobby. The film was released on 29th June 2019 and she was also an executive producer of the film along with Eric Tomosunas. The film was about molestation, controversies, rumors, and other parts of Bobby’s life and the DeBarge family.
Teri DeBarge’s net worth and presence on social media
It has been revealed that Teri DeBarge’s net worth is around $5 million dollars. She was able to earn quite a hefty sum of money as a producer. Teri has produced films such as The Bobby DeBarge Story where her role was played by Laila Odom and it premiered on 29th June 2019.
She must be living quite a lavish and comfortable lifestyle at the moment. Teri seems to be using social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram. However, she hasn’t been verified on both social networking sites so we can’t really confirm if it’s her account or not.