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Wyclef Jean’s memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Life recently hit stores and in it, the former Fugees member talks about the band’s break up and the Haiti earthquake.
While the Fugees were still together, Jean was having an affair with fellow member Lauryn Hill, who he claims led her to believe that her son was his. It later turned out to be Rohan Marley’s child and that betrayal may have led to the group’s break-up, reports The New York Post.
“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 wrote. “She could not longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”
Jean told MTV News that this will be the first of seven books he plans to write. He decided to do a memoir first to give the world a better idea of who he is, since, when he ran for president of Haiti, the world only saw him as a singer.
“The mass world, what they know about Wyclef is basically that he can sing, he can produce, he can write songs, but they don't know how smart musicians actually are and where they're from,” he said. “The memoir, [it] was important to me that it's raw, it's honest, it's like my music and if you're reading it, you just feel like you're a one-on-one conversation opposed to reading something.”
He admits that the earthquake in Haiti was the hardest thing for him to write about.
The Post notes that Jean does write about the financial troubles of his Yele foundation, which came under fire in November when the Post reported on irregularities.
Purpose was published on Tuesday.