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Jill Scott Talks "With This Ring," Explains Why She Only Dates Guys for Six Months

Bob Mahoney/Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Jill Scott co-stars alongside Regina Hall and rapper Eve in Lifetime's original movie, With This Ring.

"The film is about three women, who are of a certain age. They've accomplished much in life, but they just haven't found the ideal love," the R&B singer tells ABC News Radio of the romantic comedy. "There's a lot of pressure in society to be I guess complete -- quote unquote complete. So these three women are making every effort to get married within the next year."

Jill stars as a single mother who, like the other ladies, vows to be married in 12 months. But Jill's character, Viviane, has her eyes already set on one man, the father of her child, Sean, portrayed by Jason George. Not to give too much away, but the two have a rather steamy love scene in the film. The Philadelphia singer says she didn't have much time to prepare.

"We had that scene the first day we met, so it really wasn't much time to figure it out. You know, I just work with the script," Jill explains. "My character was in love with this man, and that's all to it! You know, there's nothing for me to figure out. So it's go time. It's time for me to be in love with this man."

Jill says the cast filmed for one month in Cleveland, Ohio. It gave the stars time to get to know each other, and even discuss what With This Ring taught them about their own love lives.

"The movie made us all think about what we're doing. You know, what are we doing? For the married girls, it made them question and decide for certain that they made the right decision on who they married. They thought about it -- not to say they hadn't before -- but we talked about that: why they chose to marry these guys," she says. "And for Regina and I, the two single girls, we really thought about what it is that we want."

If Jill decides to walk down the aisle again, it would make her second time. She divorced graphic artist Lyzel Williams in 2007, and even broke off an engagement from her one-time drummer, Li'l John Roberts, a few months after giving birth to their son, Jett, in 2009.

The Grammy Award-winning singer says she knows why those relationships didn't work.

"You can hold your stomach in for four hours, but you can't hold it in forever," she explains in a metaphor. "You have to be who you are and you have to genuinely love who you love in order to have a lasting marriage. Getting married is one thing; staying married is something else."

Now, Jill says she's very focused when it comes to finding the one.

"I'm older now so I see a little bit better than I did before. My longest relationships now are about nine months. Actually, now it's grown to six months," she tells ABC News Radio. "There's no need for me to waste my time or anybody else's. I know by then. If you make it over the six month hump, you have done something. I must really like you." 

Lifetime's With This Ring premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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