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Jennifer Hudson Explains How She Learned To Cope With Family Tragedy

Reported by Liku Zelleke

Singer Jennifer Hudson experienced a colossal family tragedy in 2008 when her sister’s estranged husband killed her mother, brother and nephew.

Many people find various ways to cope with tragedy and Jennifer’s way, she said in an interview with CBS News, is by having regular conversations with her deceased mother.

When reporter Anthony Mason asked Jennifer, 34, “Do you still have conversations with your Mom in your head?”

Jennifer replied, “All the time. And my brother, if he was here, if I was sitting up crying, he’ll say, ‘Jenny, knock it off. Knock it off!’”

The brother she is talking about was Jason, 29. He, and their mother Darnell, were murdered along with her seven-year-old nephew, Julian King, by her sister’s estranged husband.

The husband, William Balfour, was charged and convicted in May 2012 on all seven counts against him in a trial and was then sentenced to three life-sentences without the possibility of parole.

As devastated as she was, Jennifer testified and attended every day of court, later stating it was “the toughest thing ever.”

“I remember God came to me, like, right when everything happened, cause I was like, ‘What do I do?!’ And He said, ‘I want you to get up and keep going,’” the Grammy Award winner explained. “And you don’t question God. I said, ‘Okay, let’s go.’”

Apart from God, she says the two people that have helped her cope and move on with her life are her fiancé David Otunga and their son David Jr., 6.

For now, it looks like she has made it past the worst part and she is expected to make her debut on Broadway in “The Color Purple,” a fact of which she certainly seems excited about.

“You know, It’s so exciting, I wanna sing in here right now!”

Well, she won’t have to wait too long now: “The Color Purple” has begun previews in the past week and is expected to make a full opening on Broadway on November 17.