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Lauryn Hill’s Daughter Selah Marley Details Mother’s Discipline While Growing Up

By Ryan Naumann

Lauryn Hill’s daughter Selah Marley says she is dealing with trauma from the way her mother used to discipline her.

Selah Marley took to Instagram Live to chat about growing up with her famous mother. She said, “She was just very angry. She was very, very angry. So so so angry. She was unapproachable, not easy to talk to.

She added, “I was living with my grandparents half the time. She was just very angry. And so, when we got disciplined, it’s crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head.”

Selah said Lauryn would tell her to go get the belt and it felt like walking to your death. She said, “you walk to go get the belt, the switch, this that. And my mother is an amazing woman, but she obviously didn’t do everything right.”

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She says Lauryn would hold their hand above their head and start to “beat us.” Selah said she is still traumatized by the sound of the belt hitting.

Selah said she would be running in circles and screaming at her mother while crying. She said her mother would then tell her to “fix your face.”

She said Lauryn would make constant threats to get them in check. She said, “all black parents were on the slave owner sh-t.”

Selah said Lauryn was angry because she was being attacked by the media, going through her own shit and raising 5 kids with a man who didn’t really know her. She said her childhood was without peace. Selah said there was constant family issues going on.


However, she said Lauryn hasn’t been like that in years. She said her mom changed when she was in 6th grade and things have been much better.

Following her Instagram video, Selah didn’t like the way outlets wrote about her video. She posted, “jesus christ. The discussion that I had was a larger conversation about a certain trauma that I experienced from a lack of unity in the houself. This is nothing new. This is commonplace for many people & I’m glad so many of you were about to resonate with the healing that I speak of. But please do not go bashing my parents right now—especially my father. I never said I did not love him. I said that their shortcomings created trauma that I now need to consciously and actively heal from.”

Selah’s father is Rohan Marley.

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