Nsidered ‘plus he per­fect size!”

We get to know the US star a lit­tle bet­ter...

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But even­tu­ally I found a strength I never knew I had... “I have def­i­nitely seen the high­est of the highs and the low­est of the lows. You don’t know how strong you are un­til you are placed in that kind of mo­ment.”

I had my son David just over a year af­ter the tragedy... “I went from be­ing an aunt, hav­ing a mom, and be­ing a child, to not hav­ing a mom, be­com­ing a mom, and rais­ing my own child. I tell David all the time, ‘You saved my life.’”

I didn’t know I was con­sid­ered ‘plus size’ un­til I went to LA... “I thought I was the per­fect size! An in­ter­viewer asked, ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hol­ly­wood?’ I looked around, like, ‘Who is she talk­ing to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized?’ In the neigh­bour­hood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is nor­mal. But in Hol­ly­wood, ev­ery­one looks ex­actly the same, so I stood out.”

When I was on Amer­i­can Idol there were also com­ments made about my weight... “Early on, I re­mem­ber one of the musical direc­tors telling me that ev­ery­thing about me was too big; my voice, my size, and my per­son­al­ity. But isn’t that what be­ing a star is? Stars are larger than life!”

Not long af­ter that I found my­self yo-yo di­et­ing... “I would go on these detox pro­grams – a to­tal meat-tox, cheese-tox, and sugar-tox. But even­tu­ally, the crav­ings got so bad that I just couldn’t take it. I’d in­evitably break down and eat a huge box of chicken wings.”

Re­ally, the thing that changed the way I ap­proached my body and what I put in it was David be­ing born... “Moth­er­hood brought tremen­dous re­spon­si­bil­i­ties – but none greater than the obli­ga­tion I felt to get healthy. David de­served to have a mama who could run af­ter him with­out get­ting winded or get­ting tired, to have a role model who could teach him to make healthy food choices. I needed him to grow up with a mama who would al­ways be there for him by car­ing enough about her­self to take con­trol of her health.”

Af­ter I starred in Dream­girls with Bey­oncé, there were tons of sto­ries about us not get­ting along but... “There were never any rifts at all. That is still my girl to this day. I love her. We’ve al­ways been good.”

Four things you didn’t know about Jhud

Amer­i­can Idol she worked as a singer on a Dis­ney cruise ship. hometown of Chicago awarded her with her own hol­i­day, Jen­nifer Hud­son Day is cel­e­brated on the 6th March every year. a teenager Jen­nifer worked at Burger King. months af­ter David pro­posed to her on her birth­day, she got down on one knee and pro­posed to him with a ring on his birth­day too.

Jen­nifer with the rest of The Voice judg­ing panel.

Jen­nifer with her Dream­girls co-star Bey­oncé.

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