In 2008, Jennifer Hudson’s life completely changed when her estranged brother-in-law gunned down her mother, brother and nephew in the living room of the Hudson’s family home.
Hudson recently opened up the tragic incident and explains why she rarely talks about in interviews.
Jennifer Hudson states:
“It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it. I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it. I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child. I tell David all the time, ‘You saved my life.'”
Hudson is now busier than ever as she performed for the Pope in New York last month, starring in a Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple and appearing in Spike Lee’s forthcoming movie Chiraq, releasing in December.
The singer explained that her role in Chiraq, a woman who loses her daughter to a senseless violent act, truly touched her heart, according to USA Today.
“There’s a scene where we’re all holding up boards with [photos of] our slain children on them. I turned around, and it’s a sea of real women [as extras] holding pictures of children they actually lost,” said Hudson. “I’m a character holding a picture of a little girl, but in real life I have the same story.”