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American Idol: Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About ‘Surreal’ Family Murders

June 30, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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It’s been less than two years since the grisly murders of Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother, and nephew, but the American Idol star is finally opening up about the horrific act. In a new VH1 special, Jennifer Hudson opens up about the family tragedy and how she’s learned to cope. Keep reading for more details on Jennifer Hudson’s grief and healing…

In October 2008, Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother, and nephew were murdered in her native Chicago. Since then, the American Idol star has refused to discuss the personal tragedy in interviews…until now. In a new VH1 Behind the Music special, Jennifer Hudson opens up about the horrific murders, the aftermath, and how she’s doing now.

“It’s all a blur, it was surreal,” Jennifer Hudson said about the murder of her mother, brother, and nephew. “It was like I was outside of myself.” The American Idol runner-up spent two weeks isolated from everyone except her closest family and friends. ”I prayed when I’d get up in the morning and prayed before I laid down at night,” she recalls.

Jennifer Hudson says she spent the next two months sequestered in her home, hoping to avoid the media. “‘I was secluded from everything going on,’’ Hudson says. ‘‘I didn’t watch TV. I didn’t even know what was going on. I had enough to deal with.’’

In the nearly two years since the tragedy, Jennifer Hudson has drawn strength from her fiance, David Otunga, and 10-month old son, David Jr. She says her son “reminds me of my nephew” and that being a mother brings back strong memories of her own upbringing. ”In so many ways I channel her because she was such a great mom,” the American Idol star says. “I want him to get the same love and the same upbringing my mother gave us.”

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