Lauryn Hill explains her punctuality issues when it comes to performing: "I don't have an on/off switch."
On Friday night, Lauryn Hill was two hours late to a show in Atlanta, and she ended up performing for about 30 minutes before her set was cut off in accordance with the venue's 11pm curfew. Much of the crowd booed after her abrupt performance, and footage surfaced of Hill involved in an intense verbal altercation with one upset fan. She claimed that her driver had gotten lost before the show, and she also offered something of an excuse by saying, "I'm a perfectionist about what I do." She said something similar today in a lengthier statement she posted on her Facebook page in response to her punctuality issues being thrown into the spotlight and mocked across social media.
"I don't show up late to shows because I don't care," the singer began the letter to her unhappy 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."
Hill went on to highlight her "perfectionist tendencies," and she suggested that she faces a challenge in finding 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."
She ended the note by thanking her Atlanta fans who attended the short-lived concert, and she also revealed plans to schedule a make-up show, though no details have yet been provided.