There’s something to be said for people who don’t engage in mud-slinging in the press every time they find themselves in the middle of a scandal. Lauryn Hill did just that when news outlets rushed to pick up the story of her alleged affair with former bandmate, Wyclef Jean.
Married rapper Wyclef claimed in his book, “Purpose,” that he had an affair with Lauryn Hill and was led to believe her first son, Zion, was his. He also said that Lauryn is responsible for the breakup of The Fugees and that she’s bipolar. His comments upset Lauryn Hill’s former lover, Rohan Marley so much he released a statement refuting Wyclef’s claims.
Rather than book an interview with Barbara Walters to tell her side of the story, Lauryn chose to remain silent on the issue.
She recently made some comments onstage during the Dallas stop of her “Life is Good/Black Rage tour” to explain why:
When you are on the other side of liberation, just make sure you are not late. Be careful how you judge, there is a lot of deception out there. A lot of misunderstanding out there. A lot of miscommunication out there. A lot of false information out there. And notice, out of all the people who talk talk talk, who’s the silent one. There’s a lot of chat, but me….
And you know why? Let me tell you why I don’t chat back. Because I know that my brothers and my sisters are often times pawns in a bigger scheme so when they, under pressure, attack me, I love them still. It’s called the high road. Try taking it sometimes.
I’m not going to play my hand like the suppressive system would have me play my hand. Because I know [about] the oppression that took place in Haiti, and Jamaica, and America, and Africa and Europe. So just be patient. The truth always surfaces and especially, all you black folks out there who have had black mothers who carried you through thick and thin, when the system wanted to call them crazy, just remember that…
You know I know I’m not crazy, that’s why I can use the word so freely. Crazy like a fox? Ahead of the curve. People don’t like people that’s ahead of the curve but unfortunately that’s not my problem.
We have to commend her for taking the high road instead of going back-and-forth with Wyclef in the media.