In an episode of “Behind the Music” airing Monday on VH1, Jennifer Hudson will talk at length for the first time about the murders of her mother, nephew and brother in October 2008.
Not long after Hudson got engaged to David Otunga and released her debut album, the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and older brother, Jason, were discovered inside the home Hudson grew up in on Chicago’s South Side. Donerson was 57 years old, and Jason was 29. Julian King, Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, was reported missing soon after. Julian’s body was found in an SUV on Chicago’s West Side the following Monday. All three victims died from multiple gunshot wounds. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia , was charged with the murders.
The “Behind the Music” episode will focus on Hudson’s rise to fame after her early exit from “American Idol.” Hudson, who gave birth to a son earlier this year, also touches on her Oscar and Grammy wins, her love life and motherhood. The episode will include exclusive footage of Hudson and her son, David Jr.
Also included in the show are interviews with her sister Julia, “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson, Otunga, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Whitney Houston, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke and label boss Clive Davis.
“I’m actually recording my album right now,” she said back in February. “And getting ready for my next film ['Winnie'], which is [about] Winnie Mandela. So it’s a bit busy, but I’m enjoying myself.”
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