Jennifer Hudson Says David Otunga Saved Her Life: 5 Other Celebrity Family Tragedies

While many people have been speculating about the alleged erosion of singer Jennifer Hudson’s relationship and engagement to her wrestling fiancé, David Otunga, the singer has vehemently denied the claims and asserts that her relationship with Otunga is as strong as ever. In the Dec./Jan. issue of Ebony, on which Hudson graces the cover, the svelte singer claims that Otunga is not only the love of her life, but the man who saved her life as well.

Hudson has been reticent about speaking about that tragic day on Oct. 24, 2008, when her mother, Darnell Donnerson, her brother, Jason Hudson and nephew, Julian King were murdered in Donnerson’s Chicago home. But in her revealing interview with Ebony, Hudson explains that her life would’ve been cut short to had Otunga not swayed her to skip a trip to Chicago and come visit him in Florida instead.

“That’s one of the things that saved my life, because I could have been home with my mom then,”Hudson said. “[Otunga] wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago.”

Hudson continued, “I flew out to see him; that’s why I’m still here. I’ve never said that before, and I can’t believe I just said that now. But I didn’t know. He was just like, ‘I’m going to this wrestling thing, and it’s inTampa. I’m going out there now, so you can come out there and see me versus going home.’”

Thankfully, Hudson is still alive, but her family’s tragedy is still a haunting tale. Here are five other celebs who’ve endured family tragedies as well. –nicholas robinson


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