Oscar-winning singer Jennifer Hudson has spoken of the strength she found in faith after the trauma of losing her family to murder.
The star, currently a panellist on television’s The Voice, became famous after an appearance on the reality show American Idol led her to a starring role in the film Dreamgirls, for which she received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2007. However, in 2008, Hudson lost her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in a murder spree carried out by a former in-law.
Withdrawing from the world in the aftermath of the tragedy, Hudson has since revealed that her Christian faith helped her to endure and led her back to her singing career.
“There would be no point in faith if it wasn’t tested,” she said during an interview on US television. She added that through her faith, she has found the ability to forgive her family’s killer. “I feel like, for the most part, it’s not his fault. It’s how he was brought up.”
Now a household name once again, Hudson also revealed that she continues to sing in the place where the roots of her singing career began.
“I sing in church every Sunday,” she said. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I’m still the same girl.”