Recently, Rohan Marley made some comments on twitter, regarding Lauryn Hill’s pregnancy, that went viral. After responding to a follower, who failed to mention that she was an editor with Clutch Magazine, the tweets were then miscontrued as an official statement on Marley’s part.
So then what? Well, I did what any other friend would do in this case, I called him up to see how he was doing. Not much for the spotlight, Rohan has always been a very private person but I get him to comment, albeit briefly, on the public misconceptions of him. In particular, the rumours of infidelity that have plagued him.
Contrary to popular belief, Rohan has been divorced since 1996, has not remarried and was never involved with any of Lauryn’s family members. He declares, “When I’m in a committed relationship with one woman, I’m just with that one woman!” In fact, his divorce papers are public, yet sites like Wikipedia and other blogs continue to falsely report otherwise.
(The document is in French because the divorce was filed in Haiti)
As for all the recent media attention, he says, “Miss Hill and I are happy with the five kids we have together. She speaks for herself and any other questions regarding her personal life should be directed towards her.”
We share a few laughs and then the conversation gradually shifts towards Marley Coffee and his seven children. The adoration can be heard in his voice as he takes the time to tell me about their individual personalities.
His eldest, Eden, wants to be a lawyer and is looking to attend college next year. Nico, his oldest son, is the starting linebacker for his high school varsity team. Zion, 13, plays basketball and soccer. His second oldest daughter, Selah, is a straight-A student, model and singer. His third son, Joshua, 9, plays baseball and football. Rohan describes him as “very creative” and an “inventor.” John, his last son, plays soccer and football. Sarah, the youngest, already loves to sing.
No stranger to a big family, Rohan is the fourth son of reggae icon Bob Marley. In his early years, he played football for the University of Miami Hurricanes and the Ottawa Rough Riders. He confesses that he tried to play music but gave it up when a friend told him “he sucked.” When it comes to business, however, that is an entirely different story.
His family has nicknamed him “The Mayor” because he oversees The House of Marley, in addition to running his own company. In 1999, he acquired a 52-acre estate in Portland and Marley Coffee was born.
Look out for Part 2 of this story tomorrow!