‘It Was More Than I Could Take:’ Jill Scott Talks Anita Baker ‘Beef’

September 19, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

Baggage Claim actress Jill Scott recently paid a visit to Power105.1’s The Breakfast Club, where she opened up about splitting from her ex-husband, her rumored beef with Anita Baker and dating post divorce. Check out a few excerpts from her interview below.

On constantly reinventing herself:

“It’s the time. I keep switching up because I’m working in so many different facets. I don’t want to get bored. Two days ago I was natural. I got pictures to prove that. Yesterday was curly. Today is straight. Tomorrow I’ll chop this all off probably and star all over again.”

“I don’t live in a box. I never have.”

On her rumored beef with Anita Baker:

“There’s a core of me that’s still Jill, of course. I’m going to be as kind as I can and as patient as I can. I still have an attitude when necessary. I still will fight if mandatory. I don’t want to, of course, but it is what it is. I don’t always mean fist fight, I just mean fight for my dignity and fight for my rights and my position in life.”

“[I didn’t punch Anita Baker in the face] That’s a terrible lie. We had a disagreement, yeah. Who would [swing on Anita Baker]? Anita Baker is a hero to me. I grew up listening to her music. We just had a disagreement. She was still a hero to me that day, but it was just more than I could take so I was like, ‘You know what? It’s better for me to bow out and walk away.'”

On current music projects:

“Right now I’m working with David Banner, and 9th Wonder and NeYo and Andre Harris. He’s an R&B producer. He producer ‘Caught Up’ for Usher and ‘Butterflies’ for Michael Jackson. He’s also the dude who produce ‘A Long Walk’ for me, for my first album and ‘Is It The Way.’ We’re back together working again. It’s a lot of fun.”

On her HBO series, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, being canceled: 

“I loved that show. The producer, Sydney Pollack, and the director, Anthony Minghella, I think he won like 9 Oscars, they both died. Both of them. And then that changed everything. That’ll do it.”

“It was a great show. I thought it was really positive. There was no violence. There wasn’t a ridiculous amount of sex or anything like that. Grandparents were watching it and people of all races were watching it together, as a family and I really miss the show. We shot it in Africa.”

On her ex-husband vs. her ex-fiancé:

“Well, we just weren’t meant to be. People get things confused. People think my ex-fiancè is my ex-husband. My ex-fiancé is my son’s father. [Me and my ex-fiancé] did each other a favor. Trust.”

Watch Jill’s interview on the next page.

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  • Five5withbrowneyes

    Anita Baker is a class act and Jill Scott is sooooo ghetto! I like her music but she is. Sorry. Let’s remember her first song spoke of fighting and taking earrings off and getting vaseline. Big stank a@#. Maybe if she had a better attitude and lost 90 pounds she could find and keep a husband. Oh well, I guess you can take the girl out of the hood, but never the hood out of the girl.

    • Yvette

      what? Please go back and listen to that song you are talking about because you clearly did not get what she is talikng about. She is telling a story that you certainly couldn’t or did’t comprehend. I love me some Anita Baker and Jill Scott. They are both classy women who take no mess. They had a disagreement. No more no less. Jill said that in this article. Oh and by the way, how do you know Jill’s arse stinks? Have you smelled it? Please stop with the ridiculous and immature name calling. It’s not a good look.

  • wright

    I think some people misread jill.She’s just a real grounded serious sister.Sometimes when woman are that way people read it as stuck up.It’s just when you know who you are and you don’t sweat the world you have a confidence that most people mistake as an attitude.Go jill I love you girl!

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  • FromUR2UB

    I’m tired of celebrity beefs, or even that they’re called beefs. Sometimes people find that they don’t mesh. They aren’t “beefing”, they just aren’t meshing. Beefing implies some constant meddlesome behavior on one or both parts, which isn’t completely improbable, because I work with some graying teenagers who don’t know how to mind their own business. But, if people don’t like each other yet leave each other alone, they are not beefing.

    • Yvette

      Well said. Thank you! Oh and I died @ graying teenagers. That comment made my day. I’m gonna steal that phrase because I work with some “graying teenagers” as well. Nosy and messy as all get out….lol!

  • FeelsGood

    Two of my faves…I never knew this and could have probably have gone without knowing it now.

  • Bits

    classy, beautiful, gifted, smart woman.

  • rita

    am i allowed to say that i think she’s kind of a diva. she gets away with a lot here because of her figure and hair. i do like to see fuller figured natural girls out there, but ugh, i don’t like her personality much. she should stop talking and stick to her music.

  • Rosemary Davis

    Why would she have beef with Anita Baker I think it hilarious how these older singers like Anita Baker seems to always gripe with or about the younger female singers.Anita is old and has had her day in the sun it’s time for her to have several seats in the shade LOL!!!

    • Kam

      As much as I loved Anita Baker growing up, she kind of turned me off her music when I went to see her in concern after I graduated from high school. She was almost an hour late coming on stage, then after coming on stage and singing 2 songs she disappeared for another 30 to change clothes and when the audience response to her performance wasn’t what she thought it should be, she had a horrible attitude.

    • Morgan

      Anita Baker’s music is timeless. So, while she’s taking a much deserved seat, Jill needs to hop on the nearest treadmill.

      • Chas

        And you into the nearest muzzle

      • Bruh

        Have you seen Anita lately? She needs to hop on that same treadmill the second Jill hops off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • L-Boogie

    Interesting. Jill Scott is funny.