( AP ) - Although Jill Scott loves her curves, her ample bustline has caused her plenty of pain.
"I have large breasts," Scott told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I've been blessed with them, and I need something that can support (them)."
She's had bras custom-made, and has even worn two at a time - "a bra for lift, and one for shape," the 35-year-old Grammy-winning singer/actress said. But still no relief.
Now Scott believes she's found a solution for herself - and millions of other voluptuous women - with her "Butterfly" bra for plus-size store Ashley Stewart.
The bra, which Ashley Stewart says is "inspired" by Scott, puts additional fabric and support on the back of the garment rather than on the shoulder straps, which can cut into the skin.
"I got tired of the hurting shoulders - that's not nice," said Scott, who starred in last fall's hit film "Why Did I Get Married?" She is touring to promote her latest album, "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3."
There was a time, Scott said, when she considered breast reduction but decided against it, fearing the surgery would be painful.
"Besides, I really enjoy my breasts," she said. "They've been with me for a long time - without being too graphic, we've had fun!"