What Happened to Lauryn Hill?
Earlier this week, Hill made the announcement that she would again be taking time off in anticipation of her sixth child. The announcement comes on the heels of what was supposed to be Hill’s latest try at a comeback album, which she had been plugging as coming “soon” since last year. Now folks are stunned and outrage, questioning if Hill is harboring some sort of mental illness that is prohibiting her from “getting it together.” It would be an accusation that has been previously made by at least one of her former band mates.
I don’t know about her mental state, but as Hill suggested in one of her appearances, she saw her absence as time to “get herself together.” To paraphrase her words, during the height of her success, she was beginning to see that those around her didn’t always have the best intentions. As such, she didn’t want to be a caricature of what the industry wanted her to be, and needed time to develop into what she would ultimately become.
Now whether or not you jive with her explanation is one thing. But consider the psychological pressures that come with fame. Though it is easy to speculate about the mental health issues of celebrities, when people may be seriously suffering from a mental or emotional illness of some sort, isn’t it best to give them their space and let them “get themselves together?”
Despite the larger than life persona we experienced in the Everything is Everything video, we must remember that she is an emotional human being like the rest of us, who is prone to mistakes, missteps and yes, even a little craziness from time to time. I am still a fan and more than likely will be checking her out again at this year’s Rock the Bells (keeping fingers crossed that she will show up). Who knows, she may offer some passionate, heartfelt music this time. But if she never makes another album again, well, that is what the rewind button is for on the iPod.