Jennifer Hudson Speaks

Singer opens up for the first time about triple family murders
Sunday , 01 March 2009
Jennifer Hudson Speaks

JENNIFER HUDSON is bouncing back from the tragedy of her family's triple murder last year, thanks to live performance "therapy".

Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson, 29, were shot dead last October in Donerson's Chicago, Illinois home. The body of the Oscar winner's seven-year-old nephew, Julian, was found in a car elsewhere in the city three days later.

The Grammy and Oscar winner returned to the limelight with a rousing performance at American football's Super Bowl event on 1 February and announced a string of tour dates soon afterwards.

And Hudson admits she is working through her troubles with the help of her live shows, which have proved to be cathartic for her.

She tells talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, "I'm good, I'm really good, I'm just glad to be back and working, doing what I love to do. It's like therapy. I'm in a very good place."

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and home invasion.