Lauryn Hill's first post-prison statement is a salute to her supporters. The ex-Fugees star posted a "Letter of Recognition" on her Tumblr, thanking "everyone who wrote letters and sent packages and books" during her time in prison.
"Because of you there was not one day I didn't receive mail while I was away," she wrote. "I appreciated that. Also, know that many of your letters not only touched me but continued to confirm for me what I already knew but needed to hear again: that sincere expression has a serious purpose.
"If one of you have been touched, picked up, encouraged, prevented from succumbing to some measure of social or Spiritual decline, then it was worth it. Folks, walk strong, seek light and Universal correction in all things. Know that man-made concerns and Universal concerns are not always in agreement.
"Obviously, strive to please God," Hill added, before offering her final bit of gratitude. "Thank you again and again," she wrote, and posted the names, cities and states of everyone who sent her mail throughout the three-month sentence.
Last year, the mother of six pleaded guilty to evading taxes on $1.8 million of income, explaining in court documents that eluding Uncle Sam came at a time when she "withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family."
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