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Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

‘American Idol’ ‘Dreamgirls’ star Jennifer Hudson talks about William Balfour murder of family

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson credits her faith in dealing with the pain and destruction of her life caused by the murder of her family. William Balfour’s triple homicide

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Jennifer Hudson opens up about her faith and healing from the loss of her faimly photo/Dreamgirls

“I have definitely seen the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows,” Hudson says in the July 28 interview with The Guardian. “You don’t know how strong you are until you are placed in that kind of moment.” She pauses. “I don’t really know what else to say.”

Hudson was asked if it was her faith that has helped her recovery.

“It was the ultimate help to me,” she says. “We always said: ‘If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it.’ There would be no point in faith if it wasn’t tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive. That is what I believe a woman of faith should do.”

William Balfour is serving three life sentences for the murder of her mother, brother and nephew in October 2008.

Hudson’s third album, JHUD, which is released in September, includes a song that she has written in her mother’s memory called “Moan”. The lyric runs: “My momma taught me everything I know, and I will take it everywhere I go, if you think you’ve seen it all, just keep on living, live long.”

“Mom would always tell us if you are hurting, moan and you will feel better. That’s the title of the song. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t repeat the things she said. She was very quiet. The complete opposite of us kids. Now she has gone, I realise she had a lot to say. My brother, too, I hear him, too. When we were kids any time my brother saw me crying he would be like, ‘Jenny, knock it off.’ And that’s what I hear him say when I cry now.”

Check out the full interview HERE

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