The ex-manager for Colombian rock star Juanes said Wednesday that the musician’s recently-announced career-break will last around “three or four years” because he is “depressed” and has “personal problems,” Spanish news agency EFE reported.
Juanes publicized the termination of his “professional relationship” with Fernan Martinez on Tuesday via Twitter, where he also announced a “STOP” from his music career to spend time with his family and take a necessary “moment of reflection and calm.”
Although Juanes declared that he would be “full of energy” for the scheduled tour dates in Spain, Martinez has said that “he will only do these concerts because they could not be canceled.”
“Juanes let me know this news, and I respect him and support him in whatever comes hereafter. The truth is that Juanes is retiring not for some months, but for three or four years. With this decision, 60 scheduled concerts have been canceled in several countries,” Martinez said.
The Medellin-born star had said that his Latin America tour would still go ahead but revealed that he has had “a difficult time with this album, [but] it’s false that has been the only reason. Fatigue brings consequences of all types.”
The former manager, based in Miami, suggested that Juanes was weighed down by the relatively poor performance of his latest album, “P.A.R.C.E.”
“He is depressed, he has a series of personal problems and his last album, although recorded with very good producers, was not successful,” said Martinez.
Juanes has not yet responded to Martinez’ statements, although he had originally stated that, “of course I am not retiring from music, never that.”