Jennifer Hudson spoke about the tragic death of her brother, nephew and mother in 2008.
The three were victims of a horrific murder that took place in Chicago at the family home of Hudson’s mother.
Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister, was married to William Balfour, and at the time were estranged in their relationship. As Julia left the house in her car to head to work, Balfour believed balloons outside the property were from Julia’s new boyfriend.
He became enraged and went inside the house around 09:00 AM where he shot and killed Darnell Donerson, Jennifer and Julia’s mother and Jason Hudson, their brother, before stealing Jason’s SUV with Julian King, Jennifer’s nephew, inside.
A three-day search took place where the vehicle was found abandoned with King, 7-years-old, dead inside.
In a recent interview with The Guardian to promote her upcoming film Cats, she spoke about the tragic deaths of her close family members.
The 38-year-old said, “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.
It would be worse, to me, not to press forward. 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.’
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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.”
A foundation has been set up in memory of her nephew, and his in honour called Julian D. King Gift Foundation, with Hudson saying, “Because he was strong and very smart. So to live in a way that honours them is what presses you forward. Not to mention, thank God, that I have a child to live for.”
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