Lauryn Hill’s Daughter Selah Shares “Trauma” Over Singer’s Anger & Beatings

Published: Tuesday 11th Aug 2020 by Sam

Lauryn Hill is world renowned as a musician, but little had been known about her personal life.

Until now.

Selah Marley, one of the singer’s six children, has opened up online about the reality of her childhood; a reality she says is rooted in “trauma.”

In the lengthy video, she unpacks a story of belt beatings and observing her Mom (who was “so angry”) cry incessantly over her fractured relationship with her dad Rohan Marley.  

Full story below…

Speaking candidly, she began:

“Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not. I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.”

Recounting her childhood with the her superstar Mom, she added:

“She would spank us to no avail. She was just very angry. So, so, so, so, so angry. She was literally not easy to talk to and then half the time we didn’t live with her. I lived with my grandparents half the time… It’s crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head as I speak to you.” She would have one of the kids “go get the belt” and when they returned, she would hold their hands up so they were hanging “as she beat us. Literally, just like that.”

She continued:

“And then the threats, the constant threats… That belt man. That’s that slave s**t. That was some slavery s**t. All Black parents were on that s**t.” 

She concluded by saying that her Mom had changed and was an “amazing woman.”


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Still, the cracking of the family veneer naturally caught the attention of many.

Clapping back, Selah posted…

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  1. Shayla Queen 👑 August 11, 2020

    We done been knowing Lauryn was a b****

  2. tyty August 11, 2020

    That’s a shame I dunno why black households think slave style beatings are discipline. All it does it create fear, hatred and anger issues. Glad my parents didn’t beat me.

    • Pat August 11, 2020

      U don’t know why??? Hopefully each generation awakens from this slave mentality to a greater degree

    • Abomb August 11, 2020

      She probably was bad as hell!

    • Danyboo August 11, 2020

      Getting beat on the b*** with a belt because your behavior is unlawful does not compare to Brutally torturing a human against there will for free labor. Lets not down play the word “slave”.

      • XYZ August 12, 2020

        Lets not downplay hitting your kid with a f****** belt.

        Maybe if black parents would stop beating the s*** out of their childreb and they wouldnt become so angry adults.

  3. Lyka August 11, 2020

    Thtas the way black / African parents raised their childred….a lot uf us experienced that

  4. marilyn monh-O-E August 11, 2020

    Welcome to black family and yes! They will smack da sh#t outta their kids and family members

  5. Neon August 11, 2020

    She needs to be sharing this with a therapist, instead of strangers on Instagram.

  6. Exlurker August 11, 2020

    Is she on drugs? Does she have children with multiple men? Any DUI’s? Any criminal records? Is she a h**? Does she have a reputation for sleeping around? What is she like at school? Is she educated?
    Is she arrogant?

    Sounds to me like Lauryn did a good job in raising her.

    • Neon August 11, 2020

      Leaving your child(ten) with a lifetime of traumatizing mental and emotional scars, which they’ll most likely pass onto their own children in time to come – yup, helluva job!

      • Neon August 11, 2020


      • PinotNoir August 11, 2020

        In the bigger scope of things: better your parents punish you and you heal than the streets punish you by killing you or the government by jailing you. Think about it.

  7. PinotNoir August 11, 2020

    Now we know why she’s late. 😉

  8. Jay August 11, 2020

    But did you die?

  9. LDN LAD August 13, 2020

    we all got beat baCK IN THE DAY – I GOT WHOOPED

  10. Andrew August 13, 2020


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