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Jennifer Hudson talks about the twist of fate that saved her life on the day her family were murdered

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Jennifer Hudson talks about the twist of fate that saved her life on the day her family were murdered

Jennifer Hudson has revealed that going to see her fiance fight in a wrestling match may have saved her life and kept her out of the house on the day her family were slaughtered.

The Oscar-winner was in Florida on October 24, 2008 when her mother and brother were killed in their Chicago home. Her seven-year-old nephew Julian King was also reported missing but was found dead three days later. In a stunning admission the 30-year-old says she too could have been a victim of the murders.
 
Instead she was with David Otunga who was fighting in a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) match. Jennifer, 30 says: 'That's one of the things that saved my life, because I could have been home with my mum then. He wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago. I flew out to see him; that's why I'm still here.'
 
Jennifer continues: 'I've never said that before, and I can't believe I just said that now. But I didn't know. He was just like: "I'm going to this wrestling thing and it's in Tampa. I'm going out there now, so you can come out there and see me versus going home".' Devastatingly, while she was in Florida her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and her brother Jason, 29, were brutally murdered. William Balfour - the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia - has been charged with the murders.
 
David and the Dreamgirls star now have a son together, two-year-old David JR. Jennifer has also gone on to become a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers as she lost an astonishing 80lbs following the programme. Jennifer, who starred in the Sex and the City movie, is now slamming reports that she is a size zero - a claim that was made by Joy Behar on US daytime talk show, The View. She said: 'I'm going to finally address that size zero thing that Joy said on The View. Hell, I wasn't even on the show. I never said I was a size zero. I got crucified by I don't know how many people who cussed me out because they said I'm putting out the wrong message and telling people to be a size zero. I never said that.'
 
She said: 'My weight loss didn't happen overnight. It's been two years. That's about the right amount of time to lose weight. So what's been drastic about that? Just because you didn't see me working doesn't mean I wasn't.'
 
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