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Married Fugees founder Wyclef Jean says it was Lauryn Hill’s lies about the paternity of her child that doomed the ’90s hip-hop trio.
Jean claims Hill tricked him into believing her firstborn son was his, when, in fact, the father was Bob Marley’s son Rohan.
“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 his memoir “Purpose,” which hit shelves on Tuesday.
Jean says the betrayal by Hill led to the band’s 1997 breakup.
“She could not longer be my muse,” he wrote. “Our love spell was broken.”
He came to his own defense after celeb news sites and blogs bashed him for writing about the alleged drama.
“It’s important because at the end of the day, I’m not coming at (attacking) L (Lauryn),” Jean told MTV. “This is a period of my life, and that’s how I felt. If anything, I just brought closure to a chapter – because at the end of the day, I didn’t do (an album like) Miseducation, so there was no closure in my chapter. I don’t think that I should’ve left it (affair with Hill) as a myth. If she was reading my book, I don’t think she would want me to be any other way than honest with my book – because she’s straight-up honest.”