Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson sat down with Oprah and talked about two defining events in her life: her dramatic weight loss, and the murders of her mother, brother and nephew at the hands of her former brother-in-law.
The star told Oprah she lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers.
“After being pregnant for I felt like forever… you want your body back,” she said. “And then I realized when I was pregnant I wore these same clothes before I was pregnant. So what does that say? I don’t really like this. Most of all I wanted my body back, so I made up my mind while I was pregnant.”
Tim Gunn agrees. “Jennifer before the weight loss? Stunning. Since the weight loss? Staggering,” he said.
Hudson also says she doesn’t believe she has even started to heal from the tragedy that stole her mother, brother and nephew from this world.
“I don’t even know if it has started yet. It’s such a shocking thing and it’s a lot to take in. It’s like, is this real? Did this really happen? It’s hard to put it in sync with reality.”
It was the birth of her son that kept her going through her grief.
“Their spirit was saying: ‘You’ve got to keep going.’ And I try to do everything to say, ‘Will my mother like this? Will she be pleased? Will she be proud of that?’ I don’t think I could ever come close to be the kind of mother that my mother was to me, but I try to use that as an example and be there for him the way she was there for me.”