Lauryn Hill Thanks Fans For Keeping Her Sane In Jail

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 1

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Now a free woman, Lauryn Hill is thanking her fans who helped motivate her while she was behind bars. The former Fugees frontwoman penned a letter on her Tumblr to recognize the well wishes and letters fans sent her during her three month jail stint.

“I want to thank everyone who wrote letters and sent packages and books. Because of you there was not one day that I didn’t receive mail while I was away.” She continues, “many of your letters not only touched me but continued to confirm for me what I already needed to hear again: that sincere expression has a serious purpose.” Lauryn then lists several names of folks who provided her words of encouragement including artist John Forte and author/activist Sister Souljah.

Lauryn released “Consumerism,” a track she recorded in part while in a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, a few days ago.

The beloved rapper/singer was sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to tax evasion earlier this year. She admitted last year that she “intentionally and willingly” ignored filing tax returns on more than $1.5 million of income between 2005 and 2007.

ABC News reported that she will be allowed to tour before finishing the rest of her sentence of three-months home detention. She can hit the road from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 for what will no doubt be a memorable tour.