The love story between The Fugees members Wycliffe Jean and Lauryn Hill is one of music’s greatest legends. Jean says her relationship with Hill accelerated. The relationship had major ups and downs, which often affected the group. Both Jean and Hill were in a relationship with other people as they continued their affair. Jean admits to being in love with two women at the same time: Claudinet and Hill, his future wife.
Wycliffe Jean opens up about his attraction to both his wife and Lauryn Hill
Jean acknowledges in his memoir Objective: The Story of an Immigrant That he started dating both women around the same time. He recently began rehearsing with the group and moved into a shared home with his bandmates to focus on his music. Jeanne says that meeting his future wife, Claudinet, was a dream.
“I met Claudinet when I was nineteen years old, and she is a few years older than me,” he writes. She was flying, she was established, she was modeling in New York, and she wouldn’t pass me, I tricked her and lied about my age. I said I was twenty or something, so she would go out with me.
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Jean says that his attraction to Claudinet was due to his value system. “Her family is very religious and traditional, so I brought her to my father’s church and introduced her appropriately and we started dating,” he recalls.
Jean’s attraction to Hill was born out of their shared love of music. “Laurine and I were pursuing a dream together, and that goal, as well as our mutual love for music, was the language that brought us together,” he writes. “Laurine is beautiful, and her looks and her talent and everything we shared with each other — from the songs to the books — was bound to grow in love.”
Looking back, he is not proud to have a relationship with two women whom he admits to loving. But Jeans says dating the two women was inevitable.
“I was with both of these incredible women at the same time, which is nothing to be proud of, but it was definitely inevitable,” he writes. “I couldn’t say no to either of them and I mean it when I say I loved them both because I did.”
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Jean writes that despite the deep attraction between him and Hill, their love was equally toxic. The more the couple loved, they fought harder. Tensions began to affect the group and there was a ruckus in the music industry about their affair.
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Both Jean and Hill were in a relationship with other people as well. Jean was clearly with Claudinet, and Hill began a relationship with Rohan Marley. Jean writes that her relationship with Hill was a “fantasy”.
“You can hear the tension in the music, all that impossible love,” he writes. “It was like we knew it wouldn’t work from the start, but we couldn’t shy away. It’s not that it was wrong; it’s just that it was too good to be true. The way we related, We couldn’t last because it was a whirlwind of creativity, this success, this performance. It was a fantasy we were engaged in because it was almost like the music and the group and what we were doing was captivating us.”
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All good things must come to an end and for Hill and Jean, their breakup was imminent. But Jean claims that the breakup resulted from Hill lying about being pregnant with her child, in what he says was the ultimate betrayal.
“I was married, and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she made me believe the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive it,” Jean wrote. “She could no longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”
Despite their previous love triangles, the group has performed together in recent years. Fans are even more excited as a reunion tour for the 25th anniversary of Score was recently announced.