Jennifer Hudson is a popular American singer and actress. In season three of American Idol, she rose to fame and has won several accolades for her singing, acting, and entrepreneurship skills. She even has a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, and two Grammy Awards to her name. Time magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020. Hudson keeps a low profile about the money she makes. She has a net worth of $32 million.
Jennifer Hudson’s early life
Hudson was born in Chicago in 1981. She is the third and the youngest child of Samuel Simpson and Darnell Donerson. Raised as a Baptist, she attended the Dunbar Vocational High School. She credits Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston as her inspiration.
The 38-year-old star was raised by her late grandmother Darnell Donnerson, her late brother Jason, and her sister Julia. Hudson got her first break at the age of 7 when she sang with the church choir. She even did Community Theater with the assistance of her late grandmother, Julia. After enrolling at Langston University, she left right after a semester due to homesickness and then registered at Kennedy-King College.
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Jennifer Hudson career
Though Hudson was signed with a recording label before her American Idol audition in Atlanta, she received more recognition after her stint on the show. She received the highest number of votes in the Top 9 after her “Circle of Life” performance by Elton John. She got eliminated during the Top 7 show, and that year Fantasia Barrino won the title. However, she was listed as the sixth greatest contestant in the history of American Idol in 2009 by MTV.
While on the show, Hudson was voted off by Simon Cowell, who was a judge. He said that she was out of depth for the competition and cried all day because of the comments. After fulfilling her obligation with the American Idol tour, Hudson performed at charity events on Broadway.
Life after American Idol
Hudson auditioned for Dreamgirls in 2005, which documented the rise and fall of a girl group in the Motown era. She beat over 780 competitors to bag the role. She received a Golden Globe Award, the Sammy Davis Jr. Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA award for her powerful performance.
Hudson released her debut album in 2008. She also appeared in a film sequel to the popular HBO show Sex and the City. Despite the success, her career took a tragic turn when her mother, brother, and nephew were found murdered in Chicago in the same year. She went to earn a Grammy Award for her rhythm and blues album.
As of 2022, Jennifer Hudson’s highest net worth is estimated at $32 million.
|Net worth||$32 million|
|Birthday||September 12, 1981|
|Partner||James Payton (1999–2007) David Otunga (2007–2017)|
Jennifer continued to sing as well as an act over the years. She has also served as a coach on the television singing competition The Voice UK and the American edition of the same show in 2017 and 2018. She has also been a spokeswoman for the weight-loss service Weight Watchers. Hudson shed 80 pounds using the plan offered by the company. She has also documented her weight-loss struggle in a book.
Jennifer Hudson husband/partner
Hudson is currently single. She never married but was in serious relationships twice. She dated James Payton from 1999 to 2007. After parting ways with him, she met a professional wrestler, David Otunga, and the couple engaged in September 2008. They have a child together. However, the couple split in November 2007. Hudson is no longer with David Otunga, and they have moved on in life.
Jennifer Hudson kids
The actress has a child with David Otunga, David Daniel Otunga Jr. She gave birth to him in 2009, and he is currently 12 years old. The Grammy-winning singer and actress have mentioned several times that she wants another two kids. She wants to have two girls.