As a newcomer with pipes of gold, Jennifer Hudson won audiences over on American Idol. But even as the talented singer and actress catapulted to stardom, her personal life quickly became an interminable nightmare. Despite enduring the most unspeakable familial tragedies and romantic heartache, Hudson continues to prove herself as a pillar of unwavering strength.
1. She Grew Up On Gospel
Hudson grew up surrounded by her family’s favorite music. Born on September 12, 1981, she lived with her mother, her two older siblings, and her grandmother in a small Baptist household on the south side of Chicago. Her grandmother, a soloist in their church’s choir, taught her gospel music and hymns, while her mother introduced classics like
But although she enjoyed a warm childhood, Hudson’s adulthood promised a world of tragedy.