Jennfier Hudson told VH1's Behind the Music on Monday that she intentionally disappeared after the murders of her mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother, Jason Hudson, and nephew, seven-year-old Julian King, in 2008. William Balfour, the estranged spouse of her sister Julia, was charged with the murders.
She says "It's all a blur, it was surreal. It was like I was outside myself." In addition, the singer and Oscar winner says she spent a lot of time in prayer, and during the interview, she teared up while telling of her season of tragedy.
She also talks about how she met and married David Ortunga, who also appears on camera, and the birth of their baby, a boy. She told her family she was pregnant on Mother's Day in 2009, and given the tragedy they'd all experienced, people were overjoyed and some wept, she says. Hudson had hoped the baby would be born on Julian's birthday, August 14, but the baby was born on August 10 instead. Named for his father, David Jr. also appears on camera. The video is below.
If the video of the interview does not show up here, you can watch it at VH1, where you'll find some extra clips not included in the aired episode.
For history on the murders, you may read these two posts at BlogHer.com: 2008 and 2009. In addition, I wrote a lot about the murders at this blog here.
Hudson also talks about being voted off American Idol. Apparently there was a storm in the Chicago area the night of voting in 2003 knocked out the phones, and so her family, friends, and fans couldn't vote for her. But after she won the roll of Effie in Dream Girls, doors opened, and Clive Owens, a well-known music producer, quickly signed her to record in 2008.
* Hudson article at Atlanta Constitution
* Hudson article at the Chicago Sun Times.