Jennifer Hudson Talks about Her Family’s Brutal Murders for the First Time


Jennifer Hudson speaks out about the murders of her family, calling the whole experience “surreal.”

Singer Jennifer Hudson appeared in an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music” and discussed the tragic October 2008 murders of her brother, mother and nephew, saying “It’s all a blur. It was surreal.” She added, “It was like I was outside of myself. For almost two weeks straight … [I was] inside one room with just family and friends coming in and out. I prayed when I’d get up in the morning and prayed before I laid down at night.”

Just when things began to look bright with Hudson’s life – with a newly released debut album and news of engagement with David Otunga, Hudson was faced with news that bodies of her 57-year-old mom Darnell Hudson Donerson and 29-year-old brother Jason were found inside their Chicago home. During this time, Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew Julian King was reported missing, but his body was later found in an SUV on Chicago’s West Side. All of Jennifer’s family members died from multiple gunshots by William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julie.

Jennifer Hudson now keeps busy with her career and her son David Jr. Although she felt like she “lived about three or four different lives,” when the heinous crimes were committed, Jennifer she’s now at peace, adding that her son “reminds me of my nephew.” She adds, “In so many ways I channel [my mother] because she was such a great mom” and proudly says that her son “makes me feel like the most special person on earth. I want him to get the same love and the same upbringing my mother gave us.”

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