Lauryn Hill’s fledging musical career has taken a further major blow as the former Fugees singer and Grammy-winning star has been sent to prison for not paying taxes estimated at 1-million USD.
The 37-year-old mother of six children, whose fame and glory dangerously dimmed to an extent of being booed by her fans at live shows, will spend the next three months behind bars after pleading guilty in a New Jersey court for tax evasion.
This means her career might not be resuscitated at all, thus signalling the end of a luminary life mostly spent in travelling and wowing the fans who could not enough of her voice and songs.
Sky News US reported that Hill told the judge that she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.
She disappeared from the limelight, and surprisingly re-appeared in South Africa at the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, in a last-minute replacement of Jill Scott. But she did not do well at the festival, and fans booed her and walked away while she was still on stage.
Sources said she was disappointed by her performance at the Cape Town jazz show, and confessed that she was going through hell, without elaborating. The jailtime will haunt her, and might force to call it quit, and focus on the upbringing of her six children, five of whom were fathered by the son of the late Bob Marley.
Sky News reported: “I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that.”
*Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Lauryn Hill flanked by bodyguards and attorney outside a New Jersey court.