Lauryn Hill Requests Privacy, Dismisses Rumors in Public Statement

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Longtime partner Rohan Marley also speaks out, congratulating the mother on the birth of “her new son.”

In response to the speculation that former partner Rohan Marley abandoned her while she was pregnant with his son, Lauryn Hill released a statement via her representatives' Twitter account on Tuesday (July 26).

"Mr. Marley and I 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 defend and preserve our right to it," Hill stated.

Although Hill requested that her personal life be kept private, she did take time to deny the rumors.

"Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr. Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child. We have had long periods of separation over the years but our 5 children together remain a joy to both of us. Thank you for your concern and I appreciate all of the well wishes regarding the birth of my new son."

Hill's vague wording in the statement -- mentioning her "5 children together" with Marley and saying "my new son" when thanking all for the well wishes -- has led to speculation as to whether Marley is the father of Hill's newborn. Two days after the birth of Hill's son (July 25), Marley tweeted his well wishes to Hill on the birth of "her son," adding mystery. "I'm forwarding all well wishes to Ms. Hill on the birth of her new son. I'm sure she'll appreciate the love being sent to her," Marley wrote.

Hill gave birth to her baby boy on Saturday (July 23). Two days later, Marley wished the singer well on Twitter on Monday, while distancing himself from the situation.