There is no doubt that Jennifer Hudson has had a roller coaster of emotions going through her in the past few year. With the birth of her son, her weight-loss and of course the horrible murder of her family, the celebrity mom has done it and has has seen it all. The award-winning actress opens up to Redbook Magazine about her past few years and where she is now with her family. Here are some highlights of what she says:
How she honors her late nephew during the holidays:
The Julian D. King Toy Drive and Christmas dinner is for kids who are doing well in school – just progressing, they don’t nsecessarily have to have all A’s or B’s – and we grant whatever their Christmas wish is. With everything that happened with our family, it’s hard to get through the holidays. So I was wondering, “How can we turn a negative around make it a positive thing? How can we be able to look forward to the holidays and the birthdays?” And so we came up with giving back.
On feeling closure after the trial (Hudson’s former brother-in-law was recently found guilty of the 2008 murders of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew):
I mean, you can never fully get complete closure – whatever that means. Is there ever really a point of closure? Do I feel healed? No.
On losing more weight:
I’m at the weight I want to be. But I hear all the time, “Don’t lose any more weight, you need to stop.” People are under the impression that I’m still losing but I’m not.
On how she’s feeling after her weight loss transformation:
I’m getting used to my new self more than anything else. I got used to being plus-sized and knowing how to be that, whereas this is like, “Okay, who am I?” I keep thinking that I probably need an extra-large or a large and the stylist is like, “No, you need a medium or a small.”
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