*Jennifer Hudson has rocked fans with the surprising reveal that she has 28 siblings.
During an interview with The Guardian to promote her latest film, “Cats,” Hudson talked about her family, her late brother Jason and how her father was absent during her early years. When the Oscar winner decided to track him down, she discovered he had more than 20 other children.
“He was a bus driver. He drove Greyhound. When I was 14 or 15 – because he has a whole lot of kids; like, 27,” she tells the publication. “Eleven girls, 16 boys. I’m the youngest, or at least in the last two or three. And it was always my dream – because I love family – to have a giant table with all my siblings. Just imagine the giant table! So when I turned 15, we went to go look for our dad, me and my sister,” Hudson explained.
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“Once we found him, he moved in with us and never left us until he died. His name was Sam. He was supposed to drive me to college, but he passed before he could. That was when I was 16. I’m almost 40 now.”
Hudson says she has yet to meet all of her siblings.
“Not all. But quite a few. I’m trying to count. One of my brothers – half-brothers – passed recently, or was it two of them? My sister Dinah’s around, she was just fussing that she didn’t get to see Patti LaBelle. I said, Dinah, I didn’t know you loved Patti. And they got me Macavity [the cat] for my birthday.”
Sadly, Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew Julian, the son of sister Julia, were all murdered in 2008. The birth of her child a year later helped the singer cope with loss.
“When you experience trauma, it comes and goes. It’s always there. But it’s a matter of how you deal with it,” she said.
“It would be worse, to me, not to press forward,” she continued. “I’m hearing my brother’s voice say, ‘Jenny, knock it off!’’ He would be angry at me for giving up. Or all the things that my mother instilled in us. She prepared us. She would say, ‘You know, I’m not always going to be here and I want you all to be able to make it.’ She used to say, without family, you have nothing, which is why it’s so important to take care of family. So if I’m doing that, I know I’m pleasing my mother. As for my nephew; that’s where the Julian D King Gift Foundation comes from, because he was strong and very smart. So to live in a way that honors them is what presses you forward. Not to mention, thank God, that I have a child to live for.”
“Of course you still get sad,” Hudson added. “That’s what I go back to: what would my mother say? What would she do?”