Drake said Friday that he will step away from music for a year or longer to focus on his health, in particular, recurring issues with his stomach.
“I probably won’t make music for a little bit, I’m gonna be honest,” the Canadian artist said on Table For One, his radio show on SiriusXM.
“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, and I’ve been having the craziest problems for years with my stomach.”
The announcement comes on the same day that Drake released his latest album, For All The Dogs. The Toronto rapper is also set to perform two shows in his hometown on Friday and Saturday.
A representative for entertainment company Live Nation confirmed to CBC News that those shows are moving ahead as planned.
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Drake also said he has some other things to do for people that he made promises to, without elaborating.
“So, I need to focus on my health, and I need to get right. And I’m going to do that,” he said.
“I’m going to lock the door on the studio for a little bit. I don’t even know what a little bit is. Maybe a year or something. Maybe a little longer.”
He also posted a clip from the radio show on Instagram on Friday morning, with the caption “See ya when I see ya.”