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Jennifer Hudson Finally Opens Up About Her Familys Murders- Channels Her Mom

Jennifer Hudson had the unthinkable happen. Her mother, brother and nephew were brutally murdered in 2008 by her sister’s estranged husband William Balfour.

It has taken Jennifer, understandably, a bit of time before she was ready to discuss publically the dramatic events that took place that day, but she has opened up to VH-1 in the episode “Behind the Music: Jennifer Hudson.”

At first she relied on her faith saying, “I prayed when I’d get up in the morning and prayed before I laid down at night. If I didn’t I’d wake up depressed… the day wouldn’t go right,” Jennifer said. “For almost two weeks straight… [I was] inside one room with just family and friends coming in and out. I was pretty much secluded from everything that was going on.”

But now she finds comfort also in her young son 11-month-old David saying, “[My son] reminds me of my nephew,.” And she looks to the memories of her mom as a strong influence on her parenting. “In so many ways I channel her because she was such a great mom. [Little David] 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.”

Photo: Bauer Griffin
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