Jennifer Hudson: ‘My Son Saved My Life After My Family Members Were Murdered’
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson’s son helped her cope with the murders of her mother, brother and nephew in a tragic 2008 incident. Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law William Balfour was sentenced to life behind bars in July 2012 after being convicted of breaking into the family’s home and murdering Hudson’s mom Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King, who was found shot dead in the back of an abandoned SUV three days later.
The Dreamgirls star explains she has had a hard time speaking publicly about the tragedy because she feels people don’t understand her pain. “It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she told Glamour magazine. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing’. You never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.” Hudson gave birth to her first child a year after the family tragedy and the 34-year-old credits young David with helping her get her life back in order. “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 said. “I tell David all the time, ‘You saved my life’.”