Wyclef Jean's memoir, "Purpose: An Immigrant's Story," delves into a number of events in his life, but one of the buzziest bits is his admission that he loved both his wife and his then-friend and collaborator Lauryn Hill at the same time.
On "Starting Point" Wednesday, Wyclef tried to explain how that could be, starting off with the reality that he was quite young at the time.
"I was 20-something ... Basically, we were in the studio everyday, recording everyday and around each other everyday," he said of his work with Lauryn, who, like Pras, was a part of the hip-hop group The Fugees with Wyclef.
In an excerpt from his memoir on Salon, Wyclef offers more details, saying that his relationship with Lauryn evolved from a platonic friendship to a passionate romance, even as he was also seeing the woman who eventually became his wife. After he married, Wyclef writes, he continued his relationship with Lauryn.
It all apparently came to a head with the allegation that Lauryn lied to Wyclef about her first pregnancy, leading him to believe that the child was his. The event, Wyclef says, contributed to The Fugees' eventual breakup.
Writing about their relationship was necessary, Wyclef said on "Starting Point" Wednesday, because "through the course of history, someone will document it and say, this is what happened ... [T]he doctor that was in the hospital, he saw me in the hospital ... someone is going to end up writing it in history, so I have to make sure I write the truth."
Despite the outcome, he wouldn't take the experience back, the musician added.
"The people that are blaming me for the breakup," Wyclef said, "if you all have [the album] 'The Score' that y'all love so much, 'The Score' wouldn't have happened without the love triangle of everything that you're hearing. Inside of the mystery of 'The Score,' there's always a passionate undertone in it, and I don't think that the music actually would've came out like that if we [weren't] going through what we [were] going through."