September 24, 2012


Update: Lauryn Hill's Hubby Calls BS on Wyclef Jean's Paternity Drama Claim

New York Daily News Archive
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UPDATE: Rohan Marley said there is no way Lauryn Hill led Wyclef Jean to believe that Zion David Hill-Marley (born in 1997) was Jean's child. Marley said Jean knew "that was my son from the day [Hill] was pregnant" and the claim is "bullsh-t and a money-making ploy." Jean made the revelation in his recently-released memoir, and cited it as the reason the Fugees called it quits. 

In 1997, groundbreaking hip hop trio Fugees broke up, allowing Lauryn Hill to embark upon an epic transformation from Grammy-winning solo artist to reclusive star to lovably eccentric tax evader.

While people have long suspected group tensions caused the rift, Wyclef Jean's autobiography Purpose offers a new and shockingly personal explanation for the Fugees' dissolution.

According to the New York Post—who got their hands on an early copy of Purpose, which drops tomorrow—Jean admitted to having an affair (while married to his current wife) with former-girlfriend Hill around the time she became pregnant with her first child with Bob Marley's son, Rohan. As if that isn't enough drama, Jean is claiming Hill lied about her child's paternity, leading him to believe Rohan Marley's child was his.

"She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken," Jean writes in Purpose. “In that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that."

Still, that wasn't the end of the Fugues. Although they parted ways in 1997—the same year Hill gave birth to Zion David and began working on her solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill—all three reunited in 2005 for a brief tour that failed to evolve into the full-blown reunion that had been rumored. Jean explained why the Fugees' reformation was so short-lived to Blues & Soul magazine in 2008. 

"The first issue that need to be addressed is that Lauryn needs help. I think she needs a psychiatrist, just to sit with and talk," Jean said. "Because, with the state that's she's in, no one should be letting her do shows."

This summer, the government charged Hill with tax evasion for three years starting in 2005 (the year the Fugees began their aborted reunion tour). Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to file tax returns but explained, "It was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family." 

While that reasoning probably won't make the government forget the taxes she owes on approximately $1.8 million in earnings over those three years, Hill has until her sentencing in November to make good on the owed dough. 

So whether Hill was ready or not for her former partner to air their dirty laundry in his book, at least she has something to distract her from those IRS problems. Always find the silver lining!