After years of speculation and rumors surrounding the breakup of The Fugees, Wyclef Jean lays it all out on the line in his new book, “Purpose”. In his book, Wyclef not only discusses the affair he had with Lauryn Hill, but also calls her a liar in reference to the paternity of her child Zion. Wyclef writes that allegedly Lauryn Hill told him her first son was his, but it was actually Rohan Marley’s.

Let me play devil’s advocate for a second.

So Lauryn Hill is being painted as the “bad guy” in this book, but Wyclef was actually the one married. Hi pot. Meet kettle. “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,” Jean writes in “Purpose”. He described this as the reason for the breakup of the group. This sounds like some old Maury Povich mess.

“She could no longer be my muse,” he wrote. “Our love spell was broken.” Apparently Wyclef failed to realize, that you don’t sleep with your muse when you’re a married man. Before the bad blood between the two, Wyclef recalls the first day he met Lauryn:

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.

He then goes into more details on how his 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.

I can’t help but to wonder if Wyclef would have kept his married penis in his pants, if The Fugees would still be together? I guess we’ll never know.

  • Yvette

    This article is very one-sided, is it supposed to be an opinion piece? Yes Wyclef was married and had a bigger responsibility to his wife, but to portray Lauryn as an innocent victim is irresponsible. She had just as much power to stop the affair as he did.

  • Carren

    It’s a news piece. They are reporting what Wyclef released to the media about his book.

  • Enay

    I don’t think the article portrays only Lauryn as the bad guy. Rather, it is a response piece to the way Lauryn is written about in the book. If Wyclef does write about her in a way that paints her as the only person in the wrong, then critical articles like this are needed to shatter that one sided thinking. The truth is they both were wrong. She is wrong for being involved with a married man. He is wrong for breaking the vows of his marriage by committing adultery. There are no excuses or winners here.

  • Mr. Man

    Exactly they both were being foul, they both broke up the group…

  • Ange B

    This article I think is sharing what is gonna be or is already out there for everyone to read. And when someone is writing about their own life well it would be one sided. This article is discussing an affair and since Wyclef was married at the time then he can be at fault. I’m not saying Lauryn was innocent they both had the affair but only one of them was already married.

  • Mercy

    I thought it was one sided and repetive. He was married. Got it. What else?

  • Yvette

    Enay, your response makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

  • gwaan gyal

    oh gosh..another admission of a married man cheating on his wife and not using a condom. I guess guilt is what has him spilling his dirty laundry..b/c it can’t be a money thing.

    I loved me some Fugees..still have that tape.

    Seriously though, I be Pras was hella mad!!

  • Yb

    Was Lauryn underaged when the affair started? That’s what many people say and if so Wyclef was completely wrong.

  • Serene

    Yes Wyclef is wrong and so is Lauryn. She knew he was married. People don’t have respect for others relationships. Hoes will be hoes.

  • Starla

    Lauren is really taking a whipping this year. When it rains it pours. I hope she can get over all the drama. It is a lot for anybody to bear especially all at once like this.

    All parents make mistakes, but fortunantely for them their children don’t often have to know about it. It’s sad that her children have to be privy to all the sordid details of her life. I wish them well.

  • bwild

    *Barfs* I lost respect for Lauryn when I learned of her dealings with Wyclef. Wyclef always strut me as insincere in some way. I guess he and Claudette have decided to capitalize off of his fuckery which is pretty wack. All three of them should just have a seat and shut the fuck up.

  • The Antifash

    Interesting…They are equally wrong for carrying on this affair, and taking food out of Prazwell’s mouth with the breakup of the group. Shameful.

    Even before this book people painted Lauryn as this angel, but it’s clear that she is far from one. I loved the Fugees and I was a big fan of L Boogie’s solo career until I started hearing about how crazy she acts at shows (verbally abusing the band, walking off stage never to return) then witnessing it first hand. I can not support someone who comes out with a song every time they get pregnant then drops off the face of the earth.

  • Cap

    So this Dude here broke up the group over some ass? He should be ashame of himself. I knew something was shady with this dude. One minute your cool and all of a sudden your shady, and that goes for Pras too.

  • Maria

    Whose to say that Wyclef is even telling the truth? It’s really easy to just believe him being that everyone thinks Lauryn is a nut case anyways. Personally, I think it’s tacky and another money making attempt for Wyclef. And he just lost my respect. Neither he or Lauryn were angels if he was still married but they were young and people make mistakes. Obviously Lauryn didn’t need him to be a success story. We don’t know all the stuff that goes on behind the industry or the soul-selling either. There are two sides to every story.. If I was his wife, I would be embarrassed to have him write how he was in love with another woman and broke up an entire successful group because of her… UH sit down Wyclef, we see you!

  • KitKat

    …i thought men didn’t gossip.

  • Gina (@gennatay)

    I think the issue here is that she lied about the paternity of the child. It’s one thing to have an affair, it’s another to bring a child in the picture because of it. They were both wrong, he’s just giving his side to the story. I wonder if we will ever hear hers.

  • Seriously?

    Yeah its completely for =__=* cause she’s a hoe. You know how “hoes” are no respect to a person who already vow to love someone else,til death do they part. And Lauryn that “hoe” being all young and vulnerable to an older man she just couldn’t resist her natural hoe instincts. That bastard she and she alone broke that family. Teh but you right, hoes will be hoes.

  • LaNubiana

    For bloody sakes, Lauryn is going through some things right now… Give her a bloody break. She also has teenage children now so why put it out there? Lauryn has done everything in her power to protect her privacy and children for this long and then this sort of rubbish. I knew this guy was an a**hole when he made all those videos on his YouTube channels claiming that Lauryn needed an intervention. Who does that? Leave her bloody be already!

  • Kacey

    Wycleff wins the ‘Creep of the Week’ award! This is just plain distasteful.

    Like someone else said, how do we know he’s even telling the truth?

    This guy has a huge ego and will go to great lengths for attention. I knew something wasn’t right about him after that scandal surrounding his charity and his comical bid for the Haitian presidency and being “shot” during the election. He’s an a**.

  • hmmmmm

    Her album was one-sided. Great album but one sided. Love Lauryn but you would have thought she were a victim and not a participant. Where were you police when that disk was you truth?

  • Serene

    No one is overlooking Wyclef involvement he did make a vow and he’s a hoe too, notice the plural?

    Anyway, Lauryn isn’t blameless either. I know countless women who throw themselves at married or involved men. They are not victims, but active participants. No one fooled her, she knew from jump. Get the f outta here with that. Stop trying to used that as a damn excuse.

    That’s why Rohan Marley left her, what goes around comes back around.

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  • mamareese

    I don’t blame him….if she lied about who fathered her child I’d be a bit angry too. But he should have still kept his married D to himself and his wife…….

  • LaNubiana

    @ Serene

    Hoe? Seriously? SMDH because none of us were there and only know what is being written and that may not even be the whole truth.

    They were both young and both are responsible for what transpire between them. However, to call Lauryn a hoe is just not right. She is only human so is he. If these two went on a promiscuity spree afterwards than your name calling is deserved. But from my recollection, they didn’t.

  • binks

    Wow, I know people like Lauryn but the level of stanish behavior in this article and some comments is cray. Not excusing Wyclef but just as he should have kept his D to himself Lauryn shouldn’t hopped on it…it takes 2 to tango. He has ever right to tell HIS story so why should he shut up..oh because she is the great L-boogie…um no. I like her too but she isn’t perfect and shouldn’t be place above criticism. I always felt like Lauryn was more complex.

  • Nadell

    Wow! More prevalent than ever have these unfaithful men been given the platform to tell their side of the story yet the women are never asked to share their side and are always painted as the nefarious, Jezebel harlots! I mean, was their a consent of airing all their personal business??
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