In a recent interview with Glamour Jennifer Hudson talks about her family tragedy that left her without a mother, brother and nephew…… and son David who saved her life.
Jennifer who has a role in Spike Lee’s black comedy Chiraq, slated for release in December. The title is the slang term commonly used to describe Chicago’s South Side, because of the area’s war-zone-level violence; Jennifer plays a woman whose daughter is killed by a stray bullet while she’s walking her to school.
Jennifer felt a connection to the story:
“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,” she says. “I’m a character holding a picture of a little girl, but in real life I have the same story.”
Jennifer is referring to the murder of her mother, brother, and nephew, who were shot by her sister’s estranged husband.
“It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she says. “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.”
How did Jennifer get through?
“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,” she says. “I tell David [now six] all the time, ‘You saved my life.’ ” After he was born, she and fiancé David Otunga moved from Florida back to Chicago—it’s the place she will always call home. “Here I get to take off Little Miss Celebrity and be normal, let my feet touch the ground,” she says. “I feel like it keeps me me