Wyclef Jean on Lauryn Hill Affair: “I’m Just Glad I Got It Out”
Wyclef Jean might have mentioned Lauryn Hill in his new book, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, but that doesn’t mean he’s mad at his former flame and fellow Fugees member nowadays.
"That's how I felt then," Jean told TMZ. "For a period, it was something I held in ... and I'm just glad I got it out."
In his book, Jean shares his intimate relationship with Hill.
"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," ’Clef writes in his memoir, before detailing how that was part of the groundwork for the Fugees falling apart.
Detailing his affair with Lauryn isn’t the only infidelity that Wyclef fesses up to in the book, as he writes about having a fling with his former manager, who allegedly sent him nude photos of herself that were discovered by his wife, Claudinette.
“In those years after my father died, like I said, I made many mistakes,” he writes. “The worst of them was to get into a relationship with the woman who was my manager at the time…My former manager claimed that the picture was a nude shot taken by a photographer for a book of artistic portraits. I’m pretty sure that book never came out, but I wasn’t going to throw her under the bus publicly, so I didn’t say anything more about it.”
Wyclef's Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story officially hit stores yesterday (September 18).—Mark Lelinwalla