Jill Scott is thrilled to no end. At April 20, she and fiancé, drummer Lil John Roberts, welcomed their first child into this world. Her manger confirmed, ‘It’s a boy!’ Jett Hamilton Roberts was born at 4:20 p.m. on April 20. He weighed in at 7 lbs., 8 oz.
Scott is best known for her starring role in HBO’s new series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, based on the popular novels by Alexander McCall Smith, apart from her immense popularity as an R&B singer.
Scott claims she only discovered that she was pregnant just as she was leaving for Botswana to film the show. “At one point I was trying to gain weight for the role, and I noticed I had put on 7 lbs. in 7 days. And I thought, my god! What’s going on here,” she says. “I thought something was wrong with me, and I found out I was pregnant the day I was supposed to leave for Africa.”
She first revealed her pregnancy to reporters at the Television Critics Association conference in Los Angeles in January. “The first trimester I spent in Botswana,” said Scott, 37, a three-time Grammy Award winner. “That was one of the biggest challenges of my life. First trimester! You’re sick every morning. It was seven hours time difference, the heat, the bugs, the 14 hour days.” But Scott continued filming through her pregnancy: “My doctors gave me a clean bill of health and said you can do this, so I did it.”