It’s no urban myth that Wyclef Jean and former Fugee member, Lauryn Hill were lovers. Wyclef is holding nothing back in his memoir ”Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story” as he gets in-depth about his history with Lauryn Hill, their public affair and even reveals that Hill’s first pregnancy contributed heavily to the group’s dismemberment.
Read excerpts from the book below:
On the day he and Lauryn Hill met:
Pras called me one afternoon and said he needed me to come down to this studio to lay down some vocals. “I’m here with those two girls I told you about in this group we callin’ Tyme. We doin’ a track,” he said. “I need you to come sing some of that reggae stuff you’re so good at.” […] The two girls were named Marcy and Lauryn, and the minute I saw Lauryn Hill, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was in the vocal booth, and when she came through the door to say hello I experienced that feeling when everything stops for a second. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
On helping to write Lauryn’s rhymes:
Soon I was rhyming lines to her that she would memorize on the spot and spit back at me better than I had expected. I was her mentor, and I wrote rhymes for her starting then and for a while to come. I taught her all about rhyming, showing her the swag and style, just the way Chill Rob G had shown me years before. It didn’t take Lauryn long to make her style her own, though. She’s a very gifted woman.
On how the affair affected the Fugees:
It’s going to be easy for people to read this and say, “Why did he do that to Lauryn? How could he not go with her? He broke up the Fugees!” I wish it were easy to explain away, but it’s not. Claudette was with me when I had nothing, and she stood by me and helped me to be the man that I have become—the man I wouldn’t have been without her […] It’s easy to listen to the music and hear the romance and love in there and think of what could have been. But the music is the best expression of my relationship with Lauryn. The rest of it wasn’t smooth at all. We were either deeply in love or fighting; there was no middle ground. It was a passionate roller coaster ride, every single day […] The real Lauryn is much more complicated than what comes through in her art. Same goes for me.
Wyclef sat down with MTV News defending his reason for speaking out about his past with Lauryn, saying that the story had to be told fully. “It was important just to be honest,” he said. “I don’t think that I should’ve left it as a myth.”
“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,” an excerpt from the book reads. “She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”
The Haitian-born musician weaves a vivid tale for his readers, revealing that Hill began dating the father of her children, Rohan Marley, during the period when she was still romantically involved with ‘Clef. In the book, Wyclef admits that he was jealous of Hill’s new relationship, despite having his own marriage, but when she became pregnant, he was led to believe that he was the father of her son. Eventually, the truth surfaced, however, and when it became clear that Marley was the father of Hill’s first son, Zion, things were never quite the same.
Check out ‘Clef’s MTV interview below:
Although the new details of Wyclef and Lauryn Hill’s relationship might come as a shock to some fans, he said the story could’ve been about 3,000 pages long if he’d had his way, but he doesn’t believe that any of it will upset his former group member. “If she was reading my book, I don’t think she would want me to be any other way than honest with my book,” he said. “Because she’s straight-up honest.”
“Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story” is in bookstores now.