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.

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  • 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.

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    • Carren

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

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    • http://gravatar.com/onlyenay 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.

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    • Yvette

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

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    • Mercy

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

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  • Mr. Man

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!!

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  • Yb

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

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