Rapper/Producer, Wyclef Jean, has released excerpts from his autobiography, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story (available tomorrow). If any of you were Fugees fans and hoping they would reunite for another album or at least a tour, you can just hang that up after this…
According to Wyclef, when he was cheating on his wife, Claudinette, with group member, Lauryn Hill, she lied to him and led him to believe that he was the father of her first child, Zion. It wasn’t until he was born that he found out that Rohan Marley was his father.
For the next nine months, I assumed her child was mine. It was easy to do as we rode the wave of success. In my mind, it was complicated and dangerous, but it was beautiful, too: If Lauryn and I had a child together, it was, to me, a product of our music and everything we’d worked to achieve. It made sense to my heart, as much as I knew it was wrong in my mind. If that’s what it came down to, I knew I would be honest with Claudinette and hope I didn’t lose her, just the way I knew I would do right by our child and so would Lauryn. I was proud of it when we performed in Haiti, because Lauryn was visibly pregnant. So to me, we were playing a concert for my people with our child growing inside of her.
When Lauryn gave birth, I learned the truth: the child wasn’t mine. It was Rohan Marley’s. And in that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she had led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that. [..] She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken through her creation.
Clef goes on to say that her entire debut album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, was based on their relationship.