Singing has gotten the artist through a series of difficult situations
Jennifer Hudson was left devastated after William Balfour, her former brother-in-law, brutally murdered her brother, mother, and nephew in 2008. This led the artist to reconsider her singing career but eventually picked herself up and even forgave him for his actions.
She explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “There was a time when I thought I didn’t want to sing any more. I didn’t want to do it. But there’s something in me that won’t let me stop.
There would be no point in faith if it wasn’t tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive.
In many ways the trial was the most dreadful part of it all. But again I know my mother would not have wanted us to miss a beat, so we were there every day.”
And the singer – who has a young son with partner David Otunga – also discussed her childhood and how singing got her through both good and bad moments.
She said: “Apparently we were poor, but we didn’t know it. We always had everything we wanted. My mother always wanted us to see the world; she said it’s more than just the box you live in. All my family had huge personalities and we had a sense of who we are. Why would I want to be anyone else?
My mum tells this story of when I was a baby in church. They were teaching the choir a note, and they couldn’t hit it. I was just eight months old, but I hit the note. I used to beg for a solo, and then when they gave it to me, I would be too afraid to sing. I didn’t start singing with my eyes open until I was 19 years old.”