In a candid interview published this weekend, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson opened up about the brutal murder of three of her family members, and how her faith carried her through the terrible ordeal.
On 24 October 2008, while Hudson was touring, her former brother-in-law, William Balfour, killed her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in an ‘act of vengeance’ after his wife – Hudson’s sister, Julia – left him.
Hudson later gave evidence at his trial, in which Balfour was convicted of triple murder and given three life sentences.
In an interview with the Observer, Hudson – who shot to fame first as an American Idol finalist in 2005, and later alongside Beyoncé in Dreamgirls which won her a best supporting actress Oscar – offered insight into the aftermath of the tragedy which shook her family, saying her belief in God helped her to keep going.
“I have definitely seen the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows,” she said. “You don’t know how strong you are until you are placed in that kind of moment.”