Jen­nifer Hud­son “I didn’t know I was co size’, I thought I was t

Jen­nifer Hud­son be­came a fan favourite in ITV’S The Voice as a new judge. Now

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At just 35 years old, Jen­nifer Hud­son has ex­pe­ri­enced more than most do in their en­tire life­time. Whilst she’s had daz­zling highs – such as win­ning an Os­car for her stun­ning per­for­mance in Dream­girls (in which she starred along­side Bey­oncé), be­ing given a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame and even nab­bing a role in the Sex and The City movie – all whilst re­leas­ing var­i­ous chart-top­ping al­bums But she’s also suf­fered unimag­in­able loss. In 2008 Jen­nifer’s mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew were bru­tally mur­dered in a crime that shocked her hometown of Chicago. Her sis­ter’s ex-hus­band, Wil­liam Bal­four was ar­rested and is now serv­ing mul­ti­ple life sen­tences for the sav­age slay­ing. It’s hard to imag­ine how Jen­nifer man­aged to get through the ter­ri­ble tragedy of los­ing the fam­ily that she was so close to, but some­how she’s man­aged to find the joy in life again with her fi­ancé David and seven-year-old son, also named David. The star also went on to lose 80 pounds us­ing Weight Watch­ers in a bid to live her life in a more healthy way. And mean­while her ca­reer con­tin­ues to go from strength-to-strength. Jen­nifer, or Jhud as she’s now more com­monly known, got her big break on Amer­i­can Idol in 2004. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced life as a con­tes­tant on a tal­ent show, she’s in a unique po­si­tion to give ad­vice to the hope­fuls en­ter­ing this year’s The Voice. Jen­nifer will judge along­side old favourites Will.i.am and Tom Jones as well as fel­low new­comer, Gavin Ross­dale. Here, in her own words, Jen­nifer talks about start­ing out a singer, her feel­ings to­wards her body and why we shouldn’t be­lieve those ru­mours of a feud be­tween her and Bey­oncé. As a kid I was al­ways singing... “My grandma’s house had high ceil­ings and hard­wood floors. The open­ness cre­ated a sound as if I was singing into a mi­cro­phone. I would sit on her stairs and just sing my heart out. We have a lot of great singers in our fam­ily, so my voice wasn’t all that un­usual, but some of my older fam­ily mem­bers told me I had ‘the gift.’“

As far as pub­lic singing goes, I started out by singing in my local church, but I was so ner­vous... “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.”

Ev­ery­one knows all about the most dev­as­tat­ing event in my life... “There were so many shocks in­volved in it. Like, who do I grieve for first? Or, who do I start with? It’s bits and pieces. It’s too much. You’re con­fused. Your emo­tions are con­fused.”

Jen­nifer just af­ter win­ning an Os­car with her late mother Dar­nell ( left) in 2007. The star pic­tured with fi­ancé David and their son, also called David ( be­low).

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