Lauryn Hill Explains Her Concert Tardiness in Lengthy Post: I Need to ‘Align My Energy With the Time’

Lauryn Hill performs onstage during BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.
Lauryn Hill performs onstage during BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

About that. Lauryn Hill apologized in a Facebook post on Sunday, May 8, for being two hours late to a show in Atlanta over the weekend. The R&B singer — who frequently takes the stage well past her scheduled start times — explained that her tardiness doesn't mean that she doesn't care.

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"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, 40, wrote on her personal account. "For every performance that I've arrived to late, there have been countless others where I've performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage."

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"Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time," she continued. "However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn't been touched upon by the media, I'm sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect."

Hill further vowed to make it up to everyone who waited for her to hit the stage. "I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show," she wrote on Sunday. "We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them."

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The New Jersey native has made headlines before when it comes to her gigs. Back in February, she canceled her Grammys set with The Weeknd at the last minute and was late to some of her shows in 2014.

"The Grammys announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval. Ms. Hill had concerts all weekend, leaving no time to prepare, and was uncertain she would even be able to make it to L.A. in time to rehearse for the event," her rep told Billboard at the time. "Ms. Hill was invited to do a collaboration with an artist she appreciates. The performance was intended to be a surprise and unfortunately due to its last minute nature, was unable to come to fruition."

Read more of Hill's apology here.

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