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