September 19th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Wyclef Jean on affair with Lauryn: 'The Score' wouldn't exist without it

Wyclef Jean's memoir, "Purpose: An Immigrant's Story," delves into a number of events in his life, but one of the buzziest bits is his admission that he loved both his wife and his then-friend and collaborator Lauryn Hill at the same time.

On "Starting Point" Wednesday, Wyclef tried to explain how that could be, starting off with the reality that he was quite young at the time.

"I was 20-something ... Basically, we were in the studio everyday, recording everyday and around each other everyday," he said of his work with Lauryn, who, like Pras, was a part of the hip-hop group The Fugees with Wyclef.

In an excerpt from his memoir on Salon, Wyclef offers more details, saying that his relationship with Lauryn evolved from a platonic friendship to a passionate romance, even as he was also seeing the woman who eventually became his wife. After he married, Wyclef writes, he continued his relationship with Lauryn.

It all apparently came to a head with the allegation that Lauryn lied to Wyclef about her first pregnancy, leading him to believe that the child was his. The event, Wyclef says, contributed to The Fugees' eventual breakup.

Writing about their relationship was necessary, Wyclef said on "Starting Point" Wednesday, because "through the course of history, someone will document it and say, this is what happened ... [T]he doctor that was in the hospital, he saw me in the hospital ... someone is going to end up writing it in history, so I have to make sure I write the truth."

Despite the outcome, he wouldn't take the experience back, the musician added.

"The people that are blaming me for the breakup," Wyclef said, "if you all have [the album] 'The Score' that y'all love so much, 'The Score' wouldn't've happened without the love triangle of everything that you're hearing. Inside of the mystery of 'The Score,' there's always a passionate undertone in it, and I don't think that the music actually would've came out like that if we [weren't] going through what we [were] going through."


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. justin

    The Score sucks. Lauryn hill wants to be black sooo bad, she married a Marley just to prove how "real" she is

    October 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sat

    The Score is one of the 10 best hip hop albums of all time... big up Fugees!! i miss those good old days...

    October 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Very Important

    Thank God he finally set it straight. We wouldn't want people through the course of history to get his story wrong. Since his impact on this world is historical and all.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • chea

      lYea..a lot more impactful than anything you have done or ever will do!

      October 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. VonPapen

    Have any of you graduated from middle school yet?

    September 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alucard

    d0ucheling scuzbag

    September 26, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. SKY

    HOW CAN WE BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAID HAPPEN? THERE ARE THREE SIDES, YOURS THE WIFE AND THE OTHER
    WOMEN....SO BE REAL AND JUST SAY, I WANT MORE MONEY...YOUR NEED FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAY TO
    MAKE IT....LISTEN...YOU AND THIS OTHER WOMEN WERE SELFISH AND HAD NO CONTROL OF YOUR FLESH AND
    DECIDED AS ADULT WE WILL DO THIS AND HAVE FUN TOGETHER AND CHEAT...THE HIGH THRILL (CHEATING)AND
    BEHIND SOMEONES BACK.. AND LIE TO THE LOYAL WIFE. LET JUST CALL IT WHAT IT IS.
    NOW THE THRILL IS GONE, OR YOU BOTH GOT SANCTIFICATION YOU DECIDED TO MOVE
    OR SAY IT WAS A MISTAKES...A COWARDS REMORSE. NOPE NOT WORKING...
    – REAL LOVE DOES NOT BEHAVE INDECENTLY NOR LOOK FOR IT OWN INTEREST.
    TRUTH IS IT FOUNDATION...THERE ARE MILLIONS WHO KNOW THIS AND LIVE BY
    THIS STANDARD AND THEY ARE HAPPY AND THERE ARE MILLIONS WHO
    ARE WEAK, FLESHLY THINKING, AND WHO REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT REAL LOVE IS.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OverratD

    Wyclef, Lauryn and that other guy are all mediocre, 2nd rate MCs anyway

    September 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. linda

    Are women going to protect this book?????????????????
    They should!!!
    First of all.. Mr. Wyclef.. you were and are still married, so who are you calling a liar?????????
    Leave Lauren alone and stop using her name to sell books...
    I am glad you are not the father of her baby,, because you are not a nice person.
    And you are a fool.......

    September 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose

    depends on the marriage..its a bore or a score

    September 20, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. the boss

    that is something we all must remember in life....

    September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. SKY

    FACT: THERE IS NO EXCUSE GOOD ENOUGH WHEN YOU CHEAT ON A LOYAL MATE.....

    September 20, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Allistar

      that is soo hott!! I am engorged with blood in my private area.

      September 20, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Allistar

    You just used the words 'good' and 'rap' in the same sentence. What an oxymoron that is!!!!

    September 20, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cripple Pimp

    The Score was probably one of the last good mainstream rap albums. Now it's all swag bs.

    September 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |

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