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Meet Lauryn Hill's 6 children: from her TikTok famous son to model daughter

The "Doo Wop (That Thing)" singer shares five kids with Bob Marley's son Rohan, one of whom is famous for the TikTok viral song "Praise Jah In The Moonlight"

Lauryn Hill attends the Tanzania Education Trust New York Gala hosted by President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania at Plaza Athenee on April 19, 2010 in New York City
Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
16 April 2024
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Though best known for her work with The Fugees and songs like "Doo Wop (That Thing)," "Ready or Not" and their "Killing Me Softly With His Song" cover, Lauryn Hill's life as a mom is inseparable from her career.

The beloved singer, 48, first became a mom at the height of her career, in 1997, when she welcomed her first son, Zion. She wrote her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which includes the record "To Zion," while pregnant with him.

Below, get to know more about Lauryn's kids and who she shares them with, including her now-TikTok famous son, and her ties to the legendary Bob Marley.

Lauryn Hill, Rohan Marley and family pose backstage at the hit musical "Spider-Man:Turn Off The Dark" on Broadway at The Foxwoods Theater on June 28, 2011 in New York City© Getty
Lauryn and her family in 2011

How many children does Lauryn Hill have?

Lauryn has six kids; her first five, who she shares with ex Rohan Marley, are son Zion, 26, daughter Selah, 25, son Joshua, 22, and John, 21, and daughter Sarah, 16. 

In 2011, she welcomed son Micah, 12, though she has not publicly disclosed the identity of his father.

Lauryn Hill celebrates her birthday with her sons John Marley (L) and Zion Marley (r) at The Ballroom on May 26, 2015, in West Orange, New Jersey© Getty
Lauryn with sons Zion and John in 2015

Who is Lauryn Hill's first child?

Zion, born on August 3, 1997, is Lauryn's first son with her ex Rohan, 51, son of Bob Marley and Janet Hunt.

In 1998, she told the Los Angeles Times that having Zion "helped me realize what was really important," and explained: "I had made a lot of decisions for other people more than myself – which women tend to do. A lot of people were against my having a child so early, and at that point in my career. After the success of The Score, I was suddenly forced to go off the road, because I was seven or eight months pregnant. It was one of the first things I did where I put my happiness first."

Zion himself is a father to son Zephaniah Nesta, born in 2017, and daughter Azariah Genesis, who he shares with longtime girlfriend Tania.

Selah Marley is seen arriving to the Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2024 in New York City© Getty
Selah at a Carolina Herrera fashion show in February of 2024

Selah Marley Hill

Selah, who is the spitting image of her mom, was born on November 12, 1998, and is both a model and actress, with an upcoming role in crime movie Swerving.

She started modeling when she was in the seventh grade, and in addition to that and acting, has also expressed an interest in following in her mother's footsteps with singing.

Lauryn Hill and YG Marley perform at Coachella Stage during the 2024 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2024 in Indio, California© Getty
The singer and her TikTok famous son Joshua, who goes by YG Marley, performing at Coachella

Joshua Marley Hill

Joshua, born on December 5, 2001, is also following in the footsteps of both his mom and grandfather, and has recently exploded on TikTok thanks to his viral song "Praise Jah In The Moonlight," which has been used on TikTok in over 2.6 million videos, and his first post with the song has over 78 million views.

Professionally, he goes by the name YG, and recently performed alongside his mom on stage at Coachella.

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John Marley Hill

John was born on June 28, 2003, and has not stepped into the spotlight yet like his older siblings, however he did appear on a Rag & Bone campaign with some of them back in 2019.

In a tribute in honor of his 17th birthday in 2020, Lauryn wrote on Instagram: "To my beloved baby boy John. Happy belated birthday!!! I tell the story often of how your smile was a reflection of love and a source of clarity for me during challenging days. May you always connect to that source of love and let no fear or vain thing stop you from being your greatest."

John Marley, Sarah Marley celebrate Lauryn Hill's birthday at The Ballroom on May 26, 2015, in West Orange, New Jersey© Getty
Sarah with her brother John in 2015

Sara Marley Hill

Sarah, born on January 2, 2008, just celebrated her milestone 16th birthday this year with a lavish 1920s-themed party at hotspot Cipriani in New York City.

Her dad Rohan shared a glimpse of the epic festivities on Instagram, and wrote: "My Princess, we have so [many] beautiful memories in this moment… I Love You @whoissaramarley. Thank you to your amazing mother @mslaurynhill no one does it better."

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Micah Hill

Micah is the youngest of the crew, born on July 23, 2011, and the only one whose father isn't Rohan.

Though Lauryn and Rohan have maintained a friendly relationship, when Micah was born, and rumors swirled about who the father was, she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: "Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr. Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child," adding: "We have had long periods of separation over the years but our five children together remain a joy to both of us."

Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley during The 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States© Getty
Lauryn and Rohan in 1999

Did Lauryn Hill marry Bob Marley's son?

Though she had in the past referred to Rohan – an entrepreneur and former Canadian Football League player – as her husband, the two never married.

Rohan himself was married to Geraldine Khawly from 1993 to 1996, after which he was in an on-and-off relationship with Lauryn for several years. Rohan and Geraldine welcomed daughter Eden in 1994 as well as son Nico the following year, and Lauryn appears to be close to both of them, having often shared photos with and tributes to them on social media.

He later briefly married Brazilian model and singer Barbara Fialho, 36, from 2019 to 2020.

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