Following reports last week that Lauryn Hill had fallen into new tax problems with the IRS, the musician has issued a statement explaining this is only a continuation of an ongoing process.
In 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failure to pay federal income taxes and served a three-month prison sentence in 2013. Hill’s statement explained that she is still taking care of past taxes owed.
“This has been an ongoing process, and I have been working steadily towards a resolution,” she wrote in a message posted to Twitter. “It has been an uphill battle, but we’re getting over the hump.”
Hill continued to explain how her leaving the public eye at the height of her popularity in 2000 effected her finances, but ultimately states she was glad she made this decision.
“I left the game, I wanted out, the way it was organized needed adjustment,” she wrote. “When you eat a lot of other people’s debts like I did, and become financially responsible for as many people as I did, a break like the one I took was necessary. It took bold, courageous moves, and cost me certain economic comforts. But it’s getting better every day, thank God, and I’m living a much more liberated existence because of it.”
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) July 19, 2016