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Jennifer Hudson: Her life was saved by flying to see her boyfriend

Jennifer Hudson (Photo: Janet Mayer / PR Photos)

Jennifer Hudson (Photo: Janet Mayer / PR Photos)

Jennifer Hudson’s life was saved by flying to see her boyfriend. The ‘Dreamgirls’ star went to see fiance David Otunga fighting in a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) match at the last minute, meaning she wasn’t at her family’s Chicago home when her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason Hudson, 29, were shot dead in October 2008. Jennifer – who also lost her seven-year-old nephew Julian King in the grisly murder spree – told Ebony magazine: “That’s one of the things that saved my life. Because I could have been home with my mum then.

“[David] wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago. 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 in Tampa. I’m going out there now, so you can come out there and see me versus going home.'”

William Balfour – the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia – has been charged with murdering Darnell and Jason.

Jennifer also revealed she and David had been planning “the biggest, grandest wedding ever” at the time of the tragic slaughter of her family, and she is still unsure as to whether she feels ready to set a date.

She added: “After that happened, I was like, ‘I don’t know what I want.’ A lot of things have happened in my life. There are a lot of things that I need to get adjusted to before I do anything else. That’s how I feel about it.”

She admitted her brother had been unsure about her plans to marry David at the time of his death.

Jennifer said: “My brother had the biggest issue with it. He cried. But I’m his baby sister, so of course he was going to have issues with it.

“The rest of the family would say, ‘Well, Jenny always seems to make the right decisions.’ I was being told this for a reason, so I thought, ‘We’re going to take our time’. Obviously, I listened.”

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