Lauryn Hill Owes the State of New Jersey, Declines Oprah Interview

And it just keeps getting worse! After news a few months back stating that reclusive singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill owes Uncle Sam $1.8 million, it is now being reported that Hill owes the State of New Jersey $446,386 in unpaid taxes. The case, though, hasn’t turned criminal, which is good, seeing that Hill faces up to three years in prison for failure to pay the feds. Sentencing is set for November.

With all this going on, it’s understandable how she wouldn’t want people all up in her business. After Oprah’s interview with Rihanna on Sunday (Aug 19), one of Oprah’s Twitter followers tweeted “@Oprah GET LAURYN HILL ON YOUR SHOW ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” The media mogul simply replied, “Tried. She said no.”

In related turned-down interview news, Beyonce isn’t having it either. Turns out Oprah has attempted to sit down with the “I Was Here” humanitarian for and in depth heart-to-heart, but she declined as well. “See if you can convince Beyonce, I haven’t had luck yet,” Oprah told one Twitter follower.