In his memoir, Purpose, Wyclef Jean reveals the true reason why The Fugees broke up. Jean alleges that Lauryn Hill led him to believe she was pregnant with his child, when in reality she was pregnant with her boyfriend Rohan Marley‘s child. Although Wyclef was married, he and Hill had an affair for quite some time. After finding out the truth, Jean says he could no longer stand to work with Hill. Read excerpts about Jean and Hill’s tumultuous relationship from his book below.
“Anyone who has seen the footage [of The 1997 Fugees concert in Haiti] might notice that Lauryn Hill was pregnant at that time. While we played those songs I believed that her child was mine.”
“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.”
“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.”