Motherhood looks good on Jill Scott! The singer covers the May issue of Ebony Magazine, opening up about life as a single mother and her relationship with her beautiful 3 year-old son, Jett.
The issue celebrates motherhood, so it’s fitting that Jill is candid in the cover story about “the triumphs and challenges of being a single mom.”
Jill on motherhood:
“Motherhood is getting your hands and your feet in the soil…When Jett puts my face in his hands and tells me, ‘Mommy you’re so pretty’ or smells me, it’s so wonderful.”
Jill on being a single-mom:
“That I-can-do-it-by-myself mentality is a lie. I’m sorry if I hurt anybody’s feelings, but you cannot do it all by yourself. You need a village: some aunties, grandmoms, friends. I couldn’t do this by myself and would be a fool to think I could.”
On raising a boy:
“It’s challenging being a single mom…No matter what I do, I’ll never be a man. Ever. I can show Jett how to be a thinker, how to enjoy music or how to feel, and to conquer. But I cannot show him how to be a man.”
On being sexy:
“The way I see things, I think that’s sexy. The way I think and the way I pray, I believe, are very sexy. I’ve never been the girl with too few clothes on. My mother told me… ‘It’s what you don’t do that makes you sexy moreso than what you do.’…”
I love that Jill’s honest about her experience as a single mother raising a son. Many people thought Nia Long’s Essence cover glamorized single mommyhood, but Jill makes a point to address both the challenges and triumphs of her experience. It does take a village to raise a child, and she’s fortunate to have the support of her family to help show Jett “how to be a man.” What do you think about her comments, Clutchettes? Will you pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on April 16th?