Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott announced she’s engaged to her band’s drummer Jon Roberts on Friday, June 20, at her JVC Jazz Festival concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Scott’s rep has not released an official statement nor has he responded to calls, but audience members said toward the end of her performance, Roberts walked to the front of the stage and presented Scott with a bouquet of flowers. He then gave her a lingering kiss on the lips, which drew raucous cheers from the crowd. Scott blushed before turning to the audience and saying with a smile, “Ain’t life funny? We’re engaged.”

In 2007, Scott divorced first husband Lyzel Williams after five years of marriage. In an ESSENCE interview last September with author Terry McMillan, Scott said, “the decision we made [to divorce] had a lot to do with this industry; it’s been very difficult to be on the road so much… There are repercussions to everything, even advancement and success. And I think that the repercussions to my success was the loss of my marriage.”

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But the singer has always been hopeful she’d find love again. “I definitely see myself getting married again. I see myself having children,” Scott told ESSENCE in the June 2008 issue. “I see myself being a great-grandmother at my great-grandson’s graduation from a school that has my name on it.”


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