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Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About Dealing With Her Family’s Murders



Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About Dealing With Her Family’s Murders

Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About Dealing With Her Family’s Murder

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Jennifer Hudson sat down with The Guardian to open up about the 2008 murders of her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew.

The 38-year-old star sheds light on how she coped with the tragic event. Back in 2008, her sister Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour, killer her 57-year-old mother Darnell Donerson, her 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King.

“Thank God. I think I attribute that first to God, next to [the fact that] when you experience trauma, it comes and goes. It’s always there. But it’s a matter of how you deal with it,” she said.

She shared that in order for her to honor the memory of her loved ones she had to grieve and move on.

“It would be worse, to me, not to press forward,” she added. “I’m hearing my brother’s voice say, ‘Jenny, knock it off!’ He would be angry at me for giving up. Or all the things that my mother instilled in us. She prepared us. She would say, ‘You know, I’m not always going to be here and I want you all to be able to make it.’ She used to say, without family, you have nothing, which is why it’s so important to take care of family. So if I’m doing that, I know I’m pleasing my mother.”

In addition, she reveals that the Julian D King Gift Foundation, named in her nephew’s honor, aided her in dealing with the horrific loss.

“Because he was strong and very smart. So to live in a way that honors them is what presses you forward. Not to mention, thank God, that I have a child to live for.”


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