Lauryn Hill’s daughter Selah Marley took to the Internet to share some thoughts on her superstar mother and famous family father and people were shocked by some of the allegations and statements she made. The now 22-year old is coming into her own as an adult and has taken to reminiscing about her life and now her mother has responded about her infamous post.
In 2011, Hill spoke briefly about her relationship to Selah’s father Rohan to Rolling Stone when she had another baby – that wasn’t Rohan’s. She told the magazine that her and Marley “have a long and complex history about which many inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning. To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form wrong conclusions. We both value privacy and for that reason on defend and preserve our right to it.”
Selah’s father, Rohan Marley, is indeed one of the sons of musical legend Bob Marley. Having met Lauryn Hill in 1996, the pair had 5 children together despite the fact that they largely lived apart most of their relationship. Selah is the second born of the five and though her parents’ relationship finally came to an end in 2009, it seems as if her father’s been largely absent, according to Selah’s post.
Her mother Lauryn Hill has had her own share of thoughts and issues over the years post her “Miseducation” heydays. Lauryn’s become synonymous with being late, as she over the years has developed a reputation for appearing hours later after the start time of her concerts. After her blockbuster debut album, Hill went through a series of ups and downs that seemed to stymie her career. Over the past few years however, she’s returned to the stage and touring and has seemingly settled into the legacy artist that she is.
Selah, amongst other things, called mother Hill a “mother***ker” in the video, alluding to the fact that their relationship and her mother’s actions over the years are the reason that she was traumatized as a child. She also shared that her mother and father “hated” each other and how Selah told her mother once that she should have “aborted” her.
Throughout the video, Selah also seems to long after her father repeatedly while blaming him for not being there. Hill and Marley’s relationship is famous for being largely apart and now we’re seeing the fallout from one of their oldest children and how it has affected them as adults.
Now, Lauryn herself has responded to her daughter’s post and she’s weighed in like only a mother could, detailing that she’s spoken with her daughter and is understanding of the journey that she’s undertaken to understand her upraising.
“My children are strong-willed and powerful, better I discipline them at home than have them shot down in the streets or locked up. They are not necessarily passive people, and they’re also learning how to navigate a world full of beauty but also full of danger,” Lauryn wrote in a lengthy post that she shared with her own followers. “People are quick to judge the content of Selah’s conversation without understanding the gravity of her life.”
“Could you imagine what the world would look like if someone said ‘hey, this or that artist has an addiction problem, or this one is being taken advantage of, how can we help?’ rather than turning it into news. I wonder who’d still be here today?”
Lauryn’s clearly unafraid of the tough conversations that her growing children might need to have with her. Growing up in the spotlight of such an accomplished, lauded artist is never easy but kudos to Lauryn for seemingly empowering them to grow in a healthy and safe space.
See her post below.