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American Idol: Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About Her Mother

May 15, 2009 01:07 PM by Britteny Elrick

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Innext month’s issue of Essence Magazine, Jennifer Hudsontalks about the shocking death of her mother, brother, and nephew. The tragedy occurred less than seven months ago and Jennifer has finally returned to performing andwedding planningwith fiance David Otunga…


Jennifer told Essence regarding her mother, “I was always a mama’s baby. I’d go and sleep in her bed until I was 15 years old.” Her fiance also spoke the magazine and said that one of her biggest fears about going back to work was encountering questions about losing her family.

“We don’t talk about it.In this time when things seem so uncertain for her, there is certainty in our bond. She doesn’t have to worry about losing me. I’m always going to be right here,” said David. Jennifer commented, “When I’m onstage, everything kind of goes away. It’s like therapy.”Whentold that sherepresentsinspiration and hopefor her generation, she said, “I don’t even know what to say. I remember when we were doing ourAmerican Idoltour, standing onstage and thinking,’This is the most amazing feeling!’” “When you’re in a room full of people who love you, all that energy in the room comes to you,”she said. “The feeling justtakes over. Music is who I am.”

“The thing that keeps me going is knowing that God is in control,” Jennifer said. “It’s like, if He placed me here then I must be prepared.”

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