Lauryn Hill Explains Her Long Absence From Music

By Allen Starbury  |  09/03/2010

Lauryn HillAfter shying away from the spotlight for years, it seems as though Lauryn Hill is gradually warming up to the attention once again.

As for why she's left, well, she recently addressed that in an interview with FUSE's Toure at this year's Rock The Bells Festival.

Hill told Toure that being a mother and public scrutiny contributed to her disappearance from music.

"I wanted a real life as well, out of public scrutiny," Hill said during a FUSE interview. "I wanted to be able to live, to reclaim my private life, to reclaim my individuality outside of mass media scrutiny. I wanted that freedom to do whatever I wanted to do."

Hill continued, explaining that over the last few years music took a backseat to being a mother.

"Parenting, making sure they had normalcy, privacy, the right to be real people without the scrutiny and the pressure of the challenges the media can put up sometimes... I wanted them to have a real childhood," she said. "It's some good timing. My youngest daughter is two-and-a-half now, so I was kind of a stay-at-home mom."

In July, Hill released a brand new track, titled "Repercussions", which hit the Billboard charts upon release.

While Hill is ready to begin putting on more music, she's undecided as to when she'll be releasing a full-length album.

"Maybe [I'll release] some new recordings, in terms of what type of context they come out in... I'm real free," she explained. "I think I'm ready to express myself again. You have to live life so you have something substantial to share or else it's kind of pointless and vain."