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.