Musician/fundraiser Wyclef Jean has been busy helping his native Haitians after the devastating earthquake there earlier this year, but the Fugees star might have to tend to matters on the home front after reports broke that his wife found nude pictures of his gorgeous female manager stored on his phone.
Marie Claudinette, Jean’s wife of 16 years and mother to his daughter, flew off the handle and forced Jean to fire the manager, Lisa Ellis, according to the NY Daily News.
Claudinette then reportedly caused further humiliation for Ellis by forwarding the photo onto music industry professionals. Ellis, who parted ways with Wyclef last month, said the whole ordeal is a misunderstanding and that her relationship with the Grammy-winner is purely a business one.
“Photographer Mark Baptiste took a portrait of me in December 2008 for an art book,” Ellis told the NY Daily News. “It was tastefully done. Someone leaked the photo. I don’t know who did it but the photo had nothing to do with my resignation as Wyclef Jean’s manager. I quit just because I don’t like the way he does business. The photo has nothing to do with anything, but now there’s this completely made up, falsified story about it.”
An insider told the paper that Claudinette does not believe a word of it.
“She jumped to the conclusion that something may be up between Wyclef and Lisa,” said the insider. “She told Lisa to stay away from her husband.”
Jean’s rep Ken Sunshine said the star is too busy working in earthquake-stricken Haiti to respond to the story.
“Wyclef is spending all his time trying to rebuild Haiti and will have no comment on any of these false rumors,” he said.