They were the most celebrated hip-hop group of the mid-1990s, and then without explanation, The Fugees broke up. Though there's been lots of speculation over the years as to what happened, the group's frontman Wyclef Jean is claiming in his new autobiography that it was an affair between himself and member Lauryn Hill that was the ultimate demise of the group.
According to reports, Jean's book PURPOSE: An Immigrant’s Story is alleging that he was romantically involved with Hill, who's now age 37, while he was married and in The Fugees. The Haitian musician says that things went awry when Hill led him to believe that her first son, Zion, was his child, but the father was actually Rohan Marley.
"In that moment something died between us," Jean writes (via eurweb.com). "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, 42, says it was this betrayal that led to the group breaking up.
TheInsider.com has reached out to Hill's rep for comment, but have yet to hear back.
The Fugees are best known for their Grammy-winning 1996 album The Score, which featured hits such as Ready Or Not and their cover of Killing Me Softly With His Son.
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