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Lauryn Hill Explains Her Actions in an Open Letter from Prison

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Reported By: Britt L

Grammy award winning artist Lauryn Hill wrote a letter from prison in response to the support she’s received from fans during her time behind bars. The ex-Fugees star began her three-month sentence for tax evasion on July 8th. The letter was posted to her tumblr.com page by Lauryn’s team, and says:

“Ms. Hill has received a of lot mail, and would like to let everyone know that she is doing well.  She also asked me to pass along this message:

‘I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials.  Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them.  Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated. With Love back, MLH.’”

In the letter, the 38-year-old singer and song writer personally includes specific fans names in the letter. She also sends a special thanks to “ [those] people for their words of encouragement and support.”

Hill is kept away in federal prison, however she is not held in a maximum security facility. The singer is currently in Danbury, Connecticut. She resides in an open dormitory-style living quarter and working jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping.

On May 6, 2013, Hill was sentenced by Judge Arleo to serve in prison for three months for tax evasion and will face three months house arrest afterwards as part of a year of supervised probation. Lauryn failed to file returns on earnings from 2005 to 2007 — totaling $1.8 million.

Before her incarceration, Lauryn made a statement on Tumblr addressing the reason for her imprisonment:

“I went underground and had rejected pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.” She added that, “When I was working consistently without being affected by the interference’s mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.”

Lauryn has had a rough time of it since her fall from musical grace.  She spent several years in seclusion, making some people wonder about her mental health.  She later said in court proceedings that she hid from the public because she feared for her life.  Millions of fans have waited for years for Lauryn to release new music, but have only been met with extreme disappointment.  The soulful superstar that people loved back in the 1990s has become only a shadow of herself, with fans being highly disappointed with her shows and her songs not selling the way they used to.

We pray for Lauryn, wish her the best, and hope that she can one day recapture her former glory.  To us, she will always be one of the great ones.