Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Ben Widdicombe's Gatecrasher: Miscalculation of Lauryn Hill?

Quick-tempered Lauryn Hill seems to be reaching for the self-destruct button even as she tries to put together a reunion with her Fugees bandmates. 'The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence,' the 'Sister Act' star fumes in her first interview in five years. Hill claims that she was 'taken advantage of' while playing in the group, which also included Pras and Wyclef Jean, and 'took a lot of [emotional] abuse.'

She even claims in Trace magazine that her bandmates tried to prevent her from dating other men after a rumored secret relationship with Jean. 'I had become used to improper dynamics, where people would transfer their hatred on someone else, thereby making a beautiful person ugly,' Hill says of her time with the band.

The reclusive singer released modest-selling solo albums in 2000 and 2002. Lately, she has returned to the spotlight with a handful of Fugee reunions, most recently at the BET Awards last week. Before the show, Pras said: 'We've been in the studio. We're trying to figure out how we gonna do it.'

'There's no negativity as far as they're concerned,' said a source close to the band. There's a glimmer of hope that this band that was so important is trying to get back together. If they do, it will be a new Fugees, not the old Fugees.'"



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