Jill Scott Expecting First Child

01/09/2009 at 09:00 PM ET

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Why Did I Get Married? star Jill Scott, 36, is pregnant with her first child. The three-time Grammy Award winner and actress made the announcement Friday while promoting HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, which she filmed during her first trimester — in Botswana! “My doctors gave me a clean bill of health and said you can do this, so I did it,” she explains. Not that it was easy! Describing the experience as “one of the biggest challenges” of her life, Jill adds,

“First trimester! You’re sick every morning. It was seven hours time difference, the heat, the bugs, the 14 hour days.”

Baby-on-the-way is due April 25th, and will also be the first for Jill’s fiancé, drummer Lil’ John Roberts.

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency airs in March.

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gthandy on

Yeah!! Sooo happy for her!! LOVE LOVE LOVE her!

Amber on

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I LOVE me some Jill Scott. She will be such a great mother. Wow, that’s great news. She’s has such a vibrant spirit. Thanks, CBB!

P.U.S.H on

Congrads to Jill Scott hope for many more blessings

Lily on

Congrats to Jill and her fiancé!

I could barely handle morning sickness in Brooklyn, let alone Botswana, so more power to her.

Lioness on

Love Jill Scott. Congrats to her!

Dahlie on

Yippie! So happy that Jill Scott will have the experience of motherhood to add to her life and art. I look forward to the perspective that the child will bring to her music.

Tan on

Congrats Jill…she’s an amazing singer and i love watching her on screen.I still can’t believe this is just coming out that she’s pregnant.From the due date she’s been pregnant for a while now.

Livy on


I’m a bit confused though – the No.1 Ladies Dectective Agency, starring Jill Scott and filmed in Botswana, was shown March 2008 in the UK. Have they refilmed it for HBO?

Either way, it’s great news!

waffle on

it had been rumoured for a while glad she’s confirmed it, i wish her all the best.

Lara on

Wow. So happy for her!

Livy, that was just a one-off episode. They have since filmed a series.

Livy on

Ah I get it! Thanks Lara.

Mia on

Congrats to her 🙂

jasmine on

I love Jill Scott and she seems like she’d be a really spirited and loving mother. I wish her all the best. 🙂

Loren on

Love Jill, Congratulations on your pregnancy. Best wishes to you and your fiance

fay on

i think she was filming a movie in botswana… there is an essence magazine from last summer and she’s on the cover…

i forgot the name of the movie… i don’t think it was that t.v. show they were filming, but a movie…

Dorothy on

Congrats Jill and future hubby…..
I’m so happy for you my sister….God has blessed you thru some hard times and now this precious angel is coming into the world. What a blessing. God bless you both!!

Cocoa on

Congrats Jill… Tan.. that makes her 6 almost 7 months. I’m due the day after her and give her her props for making it through the first trimester in Africa because it was hell for me here in SC.

Rev. Crystal Bujol on

I am thrilled for you! Bless Mommy and child.

Lisa Mitchell on

Greetings Queen, Blessings for you and your Baby. You are so deserving of all the best. I am very excited for you. Peace and Blessings, Lisa

CAF on

I am soooo happy for her! There is a rainbow at the end of the storm….

Mark on

LOVE LOVE LOVE Jill. Congrats

Kimberly Q on

Congratulations! A beautiful baby for a beautiful woman!

sweetp on

I’m so happy for you, Jill! Having children in mid 30s can be challenging and full of blessings. I know you will continue to stay fit and healthy. Good health to you, your fiance, and your little one. God bless you!

wanda on

jill i”am happy for you this baby will receive so much love

Dawn on

Congratulations Jill. I am so happy for you. Enjoy the pregnancy, the kicks, the bathroom trips, you name. Once they come out it’s a wrap. No more sleep for at least 4 to 5 months, but then it will get easier. Good luck and easy labor!

Pregnancy on

Congrats to Jill Scott!

stacyselsdon on


I think this is tremendous news, for the multi-talented Jill! I am so thrilled for her and her intended, great news for the new year!
It makes me think of the wonderful song she wrote called “we need you” and the incredable “!Golden” Good luck to you both and enjoy being parents. with love and best wishes your loyal fan stacy in the U.k XXXXX

Regina Hughes on

I’m so excited for you Good Bless you and your soon to be husband with a healthy bundle of joy!

Regina Hughes on

Congrats on your bundle of joy!!!!!!!!!!

Kecia on

I’m so happy for you….. love you

LaToys on

Congrats to you Jill!! Motherhood is Great!

Sharon V. on

I have read all of the McCall Smith No.1 Detective books and love them. I am enjoying the show. The show is wonderful. I hope all of the seris will come out on DVD. Jills clothes in the show are great. Which knew where to buy them. Enjoy your child my dear. Childern are wonderful. They bring so much joy. Take good care. SV

luke on

congrat’s on baby and thank for your show.It’s a great show ,
It makes me want to go back to Africa .peace&luv

Josephine Espree on

I LOVE No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Jill Scott is Wonderful! Anika Noni Rose who plays Jill secretary I also love how her character is betrayed. She is an uptight individual who graduated 97% of her class in secretary school, she is funny in a serious way and adorable. The entire cast are talent and the storylines are brillant! I pre-record the show to make sure I do not miss one episode. This is a quality entertainment at it finest and deserve many Rewards!

BRAVO to the show, I am truly a FAN!!!

Congratulation to Ms. Scott for her bundle of joy arriving on April 25th, I wish her continue success and happiness in her life.

Myra on

I am so happy for Jill. I really love her music and acting. She is such beautiful lady and brilliant artist.

stellamojo on

Jill Scott is my most favorite actor and singer. She’s wonderful and deserves all the happiness life can give her.