Lauryn Hill Explains Her Lateness In A Letter To Atlanta Fans: “I Don’t Have An On/Off Switch.”
On Friday (May 6), Lauryn Hill showed up two hours late to her Atlanta show at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre, only playing for about 40 minutes (due to the venue’s strict 11 p.m. curfew) and getting endlessly booed by angry concert-goers.
Her excuse – after being confronted by an audience member – was, at first, her driver. But, on Sunday (May 8), the hip-hop legend took to Facebook to further explain her tardiness.
“I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care,” Hill said in the statement. “And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible.”
She continued, “Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.”
Read the full statement below.